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Hello. My name is Leon Chase. I grew up in the industrial suburbs south of Detroit. Now I live in Brooklyn, New York.

I’m not sure that rattling off past accomplishments is really the best way to get to know someone. But people in “the business” tell me this is how its done, so here we go:

I have self-produced two feature documentaries. The first, Fancy Feast: The Fat Burlesque Performer, screened at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, and the 2017 Coney Island Film Festival. The second, Suzy Hotrod: Roller Derby Star, appeared at Berlin’s Too Drunk to Watch festival, and at the 2019 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award.

I’m currently at work on my third documentary, about a recently deceased Brooklyn dive bar called Hank’s Saloon. You can watch the teaser for it here.

I am also very proud to be working as Editor on the upcoming Lola RocknRolla documentary The Big Johnson, all about the iconic drag/gender/performance pioneer Dean Johnson. And I had the pleasure of serving as Assistant Director on Cory McAbee’s Deep Astronomy and the Romantic Sciences. Both are scheduled for release in 2022.

Some other movies I’ve directed: the sexploitation parody The Pill Girls, the comedic Film Noir Upper West Side Story (official selection at the 2016 New York Short Film Festival), and Distant—a 2-minute horror short starring my wife, Ashlie Atkinson, which was created for Roger Corman’s Quarantine Film Festival, and went on to be featured in the 2020 Coney Island Film Festival.

As an Editor, I created the (apparently) controversial mashup Blade Runner: The Lost Cut, as well as the experimental art video Fever Dreams, comprised entirely of public-domain footage and audio samples.

I’ve also done some smaller editing work lately, including trailers and music videos. And in April 2021, I worked as Editor and Sound Designer on Adrian Stanley Thomas’ surreal short film, “The Unconscious and the Reflective Nemesis”, which won the award for Best Sound Design at the SVA Short Film Fest 2021.

I wrote a play called The Last Carburetor, which enjoyed two Off-Off-Broadway runs in New York City, and was subsequently published in Plays and Playwrights 2003 and The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 2002.

I sometimes write for the underground film ‘zine Cashiers du Cinemart, which featured me in its anthology, Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. I have also appeared as a guest commentator on the film-nerd podcast The Projection Booth, as well as Australia’s See/Hear Music Film Podcast.

For nearly a decade, I fronted the cowpunk band Uncle Leon and the Alibis. I created the music video for our song “Wild Ways” and orchestrated the guerrilla video project “Beer Train”—performed live on a New York City subway car—for the 2013 Couch by Couchwest Festival, where it won Most Creative Location.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, I recently began doing some pro bono editing work for political and minority-run organizations, including the historic Highlander Center for Education and Culture and the One Scene Cohort Collective.

If you need an editor—or just someone to talk to—hit me up.
 
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