Ready to bring one of the biggest musicians in the 20th century back in to the spotlight, Academy-Award nominated actor Don Cheadle, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for his new Miles Davis film, “Miles Ahead.” The goal is to raise $325k for additional production funds, including principal photography, for the film, which will be Mr. Cheadle’s feature directional debut and go into production later this summer.
The feature film will focus on a few day days and events in the life of Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader and composer. Mr. Cheadle will take on the role of Mr. Davis and Evan McGregor is casted to co-star alongside him.
Mr. Cheadle stated, “We are eager to get the word out about our film and to build a community of people who are just as excited as we are about a Miles Davis movie. While Miles used his horn to communicate and create ‘social music’ we are using social media and today’s online platforms to reach out to the music community, the film community and all people who are excited to see an explosive, cool music-filled movie.”
“Most studios don’t make these kinds of movies anymore, so we are doing it independently. I’m personally putting a big chunk of money into our budget as well as putting all my fees back in. But the extra money we hope to raise on Indiegogo will help us recreate the multiple time periods we’re dealing with and with the logistics of incorporating all the music. We are excited to get people talking about the movie early, raise awareness, and set into motion the groundswell of support we hope will continue through to the film’s release.”
Speaking on behalf of the family, Miles Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn noted, “Don’s vision and his unwavering passion will undoubtedly serve this project to the highest standard and we are beyond thrilled to have him on board.”
Mr. Cheadle will be producing “Miles Away” through his own Crescendo Productions. He will work with Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Darryl Porter, Lenore Zeman, Pam Hirsch and Mr. Wilburn on behalf of the Davis estate.
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