Bail Out

Before becoming an NYPD detective, Jimmy O’Neill was an “earner” for the mob. After a run in with a familiar, New York City councilman/mobster. Jimmy was now on their “Hit List.” His ailing Uncle Charlie talks him into coming to Fort Worth, TX to help build his failing bail bonds business. This is an opportune time to get out of the rat race of New York, the mafia and his past. Jimmy O’Neill finds excitement and a new career when his uncle Charlie’s bounty hunter, Bubba Jack Jones, gets Jimmy licensed as a Private Investigator in Fort Worth, TX. Uncle Charlie has sighting of Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and knows where Jimmy Hoffa is. Jimmy recruits his NYPD friends to help him in his new life. The mob is hot on his heels, following him to Texas. When this east meets, west hi-jinx comes to the laid-back streets of Cow Town, a stream of excitement, laughs and a fish out of water story unfolds. You will even like the “wise guys.”

  • Dennis O'Neill
    Bail Out
  • Dennis O'Neill
    Bail Out
  • Dennis O'Neill
    Bail Out
  • Dennis O'Neill,
    Key Cast
    "Jimmy O'Neill"
    Walker, Texas Ranger
  • Lorenzo Lamas,
    Key Cast
    "Lorenzo Lamas"
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 51 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Lake Charles Film Festival
    Lake Charles, Louisianna
    United States
    October 10, 2014
    Best Web Series
  • Lake Charles, Louisianna
    October 10, 2014
    Best Web Series
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana
    October 10, 2014
    Best Web Series
Director Biography - Dennis O'Neill

Dennis O'Neill is an award-winning writer, producer, and director. His first project, Bail Out, earned him more than thirty statuette awards.

Dennis wrote, produced, and directed his first project in 2009, the TV show Bail Out, in which he also has an acting role. He has directed in his film projects a list of actors, such as Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie's), Nellie Sciutto (Shudder Island), Jim Blumetti (In Plain Sight), Marshall Teague (Armageddon), and Joe D'Onofrio (A Bronx Tale). All have worked with great directors in their fields.

Dennis started his career as a singer and ballroom dancer. Low on funds, he was talked into his first acting role when offered two-hundred dollars to play a rock n roll singer, on the road, in a low-budget film. That role made him a legitimate card-holding actor in the Screen Actors Guild, which was a necessity working as an actor in NYC. Dennis went on to work in over thirty musical and dramatic stage plays. He was on some of the most famous sound stages in TV Soap Operas, One Life to Live, Ryan's Hope, The Edge of Night, The Guiding Light, Texas, and more in New York, where he was born and raised.

Dennis worked increasingly as an actor, absorbing like a sponge, observing, and receiving an education from some of the greatest minds in directing.

Dennis received his training by earning two college degrees, an Associate of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors (Cum Laude), in theater performance. He also received his religious and theological education and license.

He worked as an actor in film and TV with Michael Meyers, Chuck Norris, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sylvester Stallone, Walter Matthau, Betty David, Sir John Gielgud, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, and Robin Williams (as Robin's stunt double). He also worked with directors Martin Scorsese, John Huston, Paul Mazursky, and more.

When on set, he treats the cast and crew like professionals and family members. He calls them La Famiglia. In Italian, it means family; they are no longer students, friends, acquaintances, or strangers but viable, working, talented creatives.

Dennis has been teaching acting since 1995, opening his private acting school in 1999 with the dream of opening doors for actors, writing, producing, directing, and creating his productions.

He has succeeded in reaching his goal with his students as part of his ensemble cast in everything he creates.

"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." – Vince Lombardi.

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Director Statement

"A man's gift will make room for him and bring him before great men!" Everything we do in life brings back a reward, not just in material goods but more than that. It will bring our gifts, talents, and purpose to be recognized by great leaders and those who are a source of encouragement.

I believe in the power of storytelling to bring about change and awareness in humanity. I want Bail Out to help provide work for students and actors.

My goal is to give voice to those struggling with life itself. Comedy is an excellent remedy. I made myself a Godfatheresque offer I couldn't refuse. That was to take my life out of the hands of others, write my ticket to work in the creative field I love, and encourage those around me to get on board and take the ride with me. As a filmmaker, I want to help them write their ticket. So, I began writing, producing, directing, and acting in fighting projects.

I also wrote, produced, and directed "Bai Out" to help take back what was stolen from the lives of industrious, hard-working people bringing humor back into their lives. We must support those who may have lost their fight to dream. I want to create films that ignite the flames of their creative spirit and resurrect, daily their visions, goals, dreams, and aspirations again.

God will always use the simple and foolish things of this world to confound the wise people of this world.

The feedback I receive daily is about laughter coming back into people's lives at the right moment; it is touching and poignant. Live in the power of storytelling. Live making yourself an offer daily. Live…In the Moment!