Leon Chase grew up in the industrial suburbs south of Detroit. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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 film-nerd podcast The Projection Booth.
For nearly a decade, Leon fronted the garage-country band Uncle Leon and the Alibis, who achieved very minor cult fame in 2007 with their accidental hit “Roller Derby Saved My Soul”. He created the music video for the song “Wild Ways”, and 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.
In 2013, Leon created “The Pill Girls”, a short parody of ’70s sexploitation films. A year later, me made the zero-budget comedy short “Fair Trade”, written by his wife 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 newest project, “Character” is a planned series of 1-hour 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 2017 Coney Island Film Festival.
Episode 2, featuring the roller derby star Suzy Hotrod, will debut in 2018.