todd chase


"Someone has to know it was his father! Neil wouldn’t kill himself! he loved living!"

"You don’t seriously think his father…"

"Not with the gun! damn it, even if the bastard didn’t pull the trigger he— even if Mr Perry didn’t shoot him, he killed him. they have to know that!"


Fire Island ‘79
Director: Patrick McGuinn, Todd Verow
Cast: Chase Hook
USA | 2013 | 8 min

ENG - In 1957 Chase Hook was just 16 years old when he moved to New York City. He worked sporadically as an actor, set designer, photographer, hustler, etc. before discovering his true passion: film making.
His films were widely acclaimed in experimental/underground/art film circles but deemed pornographic and obscene by mainstream critics, the police and the courts.
Chase proudly described himself not as an artist but as a pornographer. Chase committed suicide on December 31st, 1979. All of his films were destroyed by his ultra-conservative family.
Recently 3 rolls of unprocessed super8 home movies were found of his last summer on Fire Island.
Also recovered was the tape from Chase’s answering machine.