Leon Gast

Leon Gast

Director, Producer, Editor

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Leon Gast is an American documentary film director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His documentary When We Were Kings depicting the iconic heavyweight boxing match termed The Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman won the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award. Gast co-directed the 1977 documentary The Grateful Dead Movie with guitarist Jerry Garcia. The film captured the band's October 1974 five-night performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Gast also co-directed the 1983 film Hell's Angels Forever.
A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gast studied dramatic arts at Columbia University, and in that same period worked the television series High Adventure with writer and broadcaster Lowell Thomas. Gast is also known for his still photography which has appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Esquire, and Harper's Bazaar.
Gast's most recent project is a documentary entitled Smash His Camera, a film about paparazzi photographer Ron Galella. The film won "Best Director" of a documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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Place of birth

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Known for

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Manny

From abject poverty to becoming a ten-time boxing world champion, congressman, and international ... Read more

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Soul Power

A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Read more

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1 Love

From the Academy Award-winning director of When We Were Kings comes this enthralling tribute to t... Read more

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Smash His Camera

A film centering on the life and work of Ron Galella that examines the nature and effect of papar... Read more

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Hells Angels Forever

What starts off as a squadron of American daredevil bombers in World War II, branded by society a... Read more

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Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead Movie

Released in 1977 and directed by Jerry Garcia, is a film that captures performances from the Grat... Read more

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When We Were Kings

It's 1974. Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Forman is ten year... Read more

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Our Latin Thing

Leon Gast's musical documentary reveals New York City's Latin culture and features live performan... Read more