Leon Chase grew up in the industrial suburbs south of Detroit. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he divides his time between a variety of self-taught obsessions, including filmmaking, painting, music, the occasional writing project, and working on his van.
For nearly a decade, Leon fronted the garage honky-tonk band Uncle Leon and the Alibis. He created several lo-fi videos for the group, including their most recent, “Wild Ways”. He orchestrated the guerrilla video project “Beer Train”, performed live on the New York City subway, for the 2013 Couch by Couchwest Festival, where it won Most Creative Location and was runner-up for People’s Choice.
Chase is the author of the play The Last Carburetor, which enjoyed two Off-Off-Broadway runs in New York City, and was subsequently published in Plays and Playwrights 2003. He is a sometimes-contributor to the fringe-cinema web ‘zine Cashiers du Cinemart, which featured him in its anthology Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on the famously film-nerdy podcast The Projection Booth.
In late 2013, Leon created “The Pill Girls”, a short parody of ’70s sexploitation films, which he wrote, cast, costumed, directed, edited, and scored. A year later, me made the zero-budget comedy short “Fair Trade”, written by his wife, the much more talented and better looking Ashlie Atkinson. His comedic Film Noir “Upper West Side Story” was completed in the fall of 2015 and screened most recently as part of the 2016 New York Short Film Festival.
Leon’s most recent project, “Character” is a planned series of short features documenting eccentric people in New York City. Episode 1, starring burlesque performer Fancy Feast, debuted online in early 2017. It has since screened at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, and at the Coney Island Film Festival.
Episode 2, featuring the roller derby star Suzy Hotrod, will debut in early 2018.