Note: I have retired from film criticism, but keeping this bio because I'm very proud of the things I accomplished during my time as a film journalist.
Chase Whale co-founded the popular independent film website, GordonandtheWhale.com where he remained Editor-in-Chief until August 2011. On behalf of GATW, he covered Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, the Toronto International Film Festival, and Comic-Con, along with junkets in London, Toronto and other parts of the world.
Throughout his career as a journalist, Chase has interviewed Harrison Ford, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore, Guillermo del Toro, Danny Boyle, Will Ferrell, Jason Reitman, Academy Award® Winner Davis Guggenheim, Andrew Garfield, Mark Romanek, Zach Galifianakis, Matt Reeves, Carey Mulligan, Simon Pegg, Harmony Korine, Sam Rockwell, Richard Linklater, Michael Shannon, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Jean-Claude Van Damme (twice!), Jesse Eisenberg, Jane Lynch, “Tim and Eric”, Ashton Kutcher, Nicolas Winding Refn and dozens of other prominent actors, directors and filmmakers in the industry.
In 2009, NBC named him one of the 25 most interesting people in Dallas, along with Erykah Badu and Nolan Ryan. Later that year, The Wrap listed him as one of 30 Movie Insiders to Follow Right Now On Twitter, with Peter Travers and the late, great Roger Ebert. In 2011, he was a guest speaker at the Austin Film Festival’s "Film Critics and the Industry" panel, alongside David Denby, The New Yorker; Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times; Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News.
Since GATW’s departure, he’s programmed for the Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest, Rooftop Films and the Sundance Film Festival, worked in film distribution for Cinedigm in New York, and his reviews, interviews, and editorials have been featured on websites including Twitch, Film.com, MTV, Film Threat, Indiewire’s The Playlist, We Got This Covered, Latino Review, Dallas Observer, Culture Map, Central Track, Hammer to Nail, Denton Record-Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News. Whale is a former member of Rotten Tomatoes, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association.
Whale graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in English and is now working on his masters. He no longer slings words about film but hopes to pick up writing again in the future.
Hammer to Nail
Indiewire's The Playlist
Smells Like Screen Spirit
We Got This Covered
The Dallas Morning News
Trivia and accolades:
In 2001, Chase shot, directed, and edited a 40 minute skateboard film called The Cinematic Approach.
The logo for Gordon and the Whale appears towards the end of Jane Eyre (2011) as a watercolor painting. Director Cary Fukunaga discussed this in an interview with MakingOf.com.
The logo for Gordon and the Whale appears at the beginning of the movie My Sucky Teen Romance (2011).
Former member of the Austin Film Critics Association.
Former Governing Committee member for the Online Film Critics Society (2016-2017).
Was a guest speaker at the Austin Film Festival’s Film Critics and the Industry, alongside David Denby, The New Yorker; Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times; Neil Miller, FilmSchoolRejects.com; Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News.
In 2009, NBC named him one of the 25 most interesting people in Dallas, along with Erykah Badu and Nolan Ryan.
In 2009, The Wrap listed him as one of 30 Movie Insiders to Follow Right Now On Twitter, with the late, great Roger Ebert, Peter Travers, Jon Favreau, Jason Reitman, Wes Craven, David Lynch, Elizabeth Banks, Russell Brand, Harry Knowles, and Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Guillermo del Toro
Nicholas Winding Refn
Ice Cube and Lamorne Morris
Tim and Eric
Richard Jenkins and Tom McCarthy
Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley
Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy
Bill Hader and Greg Mottola
Jay and Mark Duplass
Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan
Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris
Woody Harrelson and Oren Moverman
Jorma Taccone, Will Forte, and Kristen Wiig
Academy Award® Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis
Charlie Day and Ron Perlman
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
William H. Macy
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart
David Gordon Green
John Boyega and Joe Cornish
Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese
Sam Rockwell and David Gordon Green
Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, and Sissy Spacek
Crispin Glover and John C. Reilly
Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner
Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy
Key and Peele