Scott Fivelson is a screenwriter, fiction writer, and songwriter from Los Angeles. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University. Fivelson wrote a satirical tribute to Steven Spielberg, Guess What’s Coming to Dinner? The Extraterrestrial Etiquette Guide, from Bantam Books. He has also written short stories and satirical pieces for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, Tales from the Heart of Hollywood, and other publications. He is the author of the one-act plays, Dial L for Latch-Key and Leading the Witness, which were performed at the Upstairs at The Gatehouse theatre in Highgate Village, London, England, starring James Torme. He is also the author of the novel, Tuxes, published by BeachSide Press, and in a French edition from Polymancer Studios, Inc.
His short story in paperback and ebook form, Johnny Passe, also appears in the anthology, Fiction Noir, both published by Hen House Press.
As a screenwriter, his films include American Reel, starring David Carradine, Michael Maloney, and Mariel Hemingway; and Three Holes, Two Brads, and a Smoking Gun, starring James Wilder, Joaquim de Almeida, Rudolf Martin, and Richard Edson. American Reel was shown on a double bill with Kill Bill: Volume 2 on December 8, 2011, at the New Beverly Cinema. He won the "Best Screenwriter" award for Three Holes, Two Brads, and a Smoking Gun, from the 2014 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. The film also won the "Red Dirt Award (Grand Jury)" prize at the 2014 Red Dirt International Film Festival, and "Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film" at the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival.
Scott Fivelson is currently directing the film, Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story, starring Lenny Von Dohlen as "Oskar Knight". The cast also includes Margaret O'Brien, Joaquim de Almeida, Julianna Guill, Kristina Anapau, and many other stars who share their memories and feelings about a legendary director.
Fivelson's short story, "A Farewell to Legs" — Hemingway-esque prose about a jogger in an African marathon — has been published as an audiobook read by the actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway.