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Leon Gast

Screenwriter | Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Leon Gast is an American documentary film director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His documentary, When We Were Kings depicts the iconic heavyweight boxing match: The Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. This film would go on to win the 1996 Academy Award for Best 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, which focused on the notorious motorcycle club Hells Angels. The Angels are believed to have learned that Gast put material in the documentary in which they didn't prefer. To this end, Gast claims that the Angels tracked him down and beat him up. Gast has also produced works on B.B. King and Celia Cruz. ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Music | Drama

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Movies with Leon Gast as Crew(13)

Directing/Director2014 Manny
Directing/Director2010 Smash His Camera
Production/Producer2008 Soul Power
Directing/Director2003 1 Love
Directing/Director1996 When We Were Kings
Production/Producer1996 When We Were Kings
Editing/Editor1996 When We Were Kings
Writing/Writer1996 When We Were Kings
Directing/Director1983 Hells Angels Forever
Directing/Director1972 Our Latin Thing

Full Name: Leon Gast
Leon Gast frequently works together with these people:
Jerry Garcia (4x, Actor)
Kevin Keating (3x, Crew)
Don King (3x, Actor)
Taylor Hackford (2x, Crew)
B.B. King (2x, Actor)
The Spinners (2x, Cast)
Héctor Lavoe (2x, Actor)
Sandy Alexander (2x, Actor)
Lola Love (2x, Actress)
Celia Cruz (2x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1125496, Added: 12/20/2018, Last updated: 07/11/2020