Scott Rosenfelt Biography
Scott Rosenfelt is one of Hollywood’s most successful independent producers. On the strength of such films as Home Alone, Smoke Signals, Mystic Pizza, Teen Wolf and Extremities, Scott has garnered international acclaim and recognition.
Rosenfelt’s most recent film, Critical Thinking, about the Latino and African-American Miami Jackson High School chess team that won the national chess championship in 1998, was an early selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival for its world premiere. It is directed by John Leguizamo, who also stars, Michael K. Williams, Jorge Lendeborg, Angel Bismark Curiel and Rachel Bay Jones. Vertical is handling domestic distribution and CMG, foreign, as the film is slated for a September, 2020 release.
Rosenfelt’s script, CounterPlay, will go into production in January, 2021 in the Philippines, with Pedring Lopez (Maria) directing. Rosenfelt will be producing with Michael McDermott and Andy Green of Fusion Entertainment as Executive Producer. The film stars Sam Worthington, Luke Hemsworth, Luke Bracey and Derek Ramsay.
Rosenfelt is also producing 5-4-3-2-1 in partnership with CMG Entertainment. Kieran Darcy-Smith will direct for the thriller to be shot in Chicago in 2021.
Rosenfelt wrote the script for and will be producing Fever, a feature film based on the Bre-X gold stock scandal. Kieran Darcy-Smith will be directing, with Gabriel Almagor joining him as producer along with Mark Spillane and Kristie Spillane of Unbreakable Films in Australia. The film is slated for a First Quarter 2021 start, with principal photography in Australia, the Philippines and Calgary.
Rosenfelt has written and will be producing Nanda Devi, based on one of the CIA’s most secretive missions, set in the Himalayas in 1965 at a time when the Chinese were first testing their nuclear capability. The film will be produced in association with Mulberry Films.
Rosenfelt is producing The Five, which he co-wrote with Robert Bruzio. It is the story of the famed “500 Club” in Atlantic City, and its colorful owner, Paul “Skinny” D’Amato. Skinny was the inspiration for the Rat Pack, and was credited for putting Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis together as an act. His club was front and center for the most colorful time in Atlantic City history..
Rosenfelt has also written and will be producing, G.O.L.F., to be directed by Sean McNamara. It is the story of a young Latina golfer struggling to make her way to qualify for the U.S. Womens’ Open. Luna Blaise is attached to play the lead.
Rosenfelt was producer and writer on The Jade Pendant, which had its theatrical world premiere in Los Angeles on November 2, 2017. It is also the winner of the Golden Angel Award for the Best Film by an Independent Producer in the 2017 Chinese-American Film Festival. The tragic love story is set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles Chinatown War of 1871, and stars Korean actress Clara Lee and Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao. It was directed by Po Chih Leong.
His documentary, 7 Days In Syria, distributed theatrically in August, 2016, showcased the extraordinary work of Janine di Giovanni, the award-winning journalist specializing in reporting from conflict zones who had been covering the war in Syria as the Middle East Editor for Newsweek. Rosenfelt wrote and produced it with Robert Rippberger directing.
As writer, director and producer, his first documentary, Standing Silent, a recipient of a Sundance Documentary Filmmaker Grant, had its theatrical release on January 25, 2013 It had its World Premiere at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and has played the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival along with the Doc NY Film Festival as well as having won the Best Documentary at the World Jewish Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel.
Rosenfelt directed the feature film, Family Prayers, starring Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer and Paul Reiser, which had its World Premiere at the 1993 Palm Springs International Film Festival and the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival.
Home Alone, in which Rosenfelt served as Executive Producer, remains the highest grossing live action comedy of all time, generating over $1 billion worldwide. Mystic Pizza, which he also produced, launched the career of Julia Roberts and went on to critical and commercial success, while Teen Wolf, which Rosenfelt also produced, starring Michael J. Fox, is one of the highest grossing independent films of all time. Extremities, which Rosenfelt produced, starred Farrah Fawcett, and garnered international, critical and commercial acclaim as well.
At ShadowCatcher Entertainment, a company he co-founded in 1994, he produced the award-winning Smoke Signals. Written by highly acclaimed novelist/poet Sherman Alexie, Smoke Signals was the winner of the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Miramax Films. It was nominated for multiple Spirit Award Nominations and won for Best Debut Performance for Evan Adams.
From 2012-2015, Rosenfelt served as Professional-in-Residence at Quinnipiac University. He has been a guest lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy as well as at Harvard’s Department of Government, and the American University in Paris. He has spoken numerous times at the Tisch School at NYU, USC, UCLA, Chapman University and Loyola Marymount as well as the AFI. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Lighthouse International Film Festival.
Rosenfelt is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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