Don Cheadle, Miles Davis IndieGogo

Don Cheadle Launches $325,000 Indiegogo Campaign to Help Fund Miles Davis Film

UPDATE: Watch Turbulent First Trailer for Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis Biopic ‘Miles Ahead’

Don Cheadle, Miles Davis IndieGogo

Determined to get his long-awaited Miles Davis film made, actor Don Cheadle has launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to help finance the project, titled Miles Ahead.

He hopes to raise $325,000 by July 6th, which will go towards principal photography specifically, in addition to his own funds.

The campaign offers a ton of beautifully designed pledge prizes, including rare Miles Davis posters, limited edition Miles Davis artwork, a coffee table book of Miles’ artwork signed by Don Cheadle, as well as set visits, concerts and access to screenings.

“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,” said Don Cheadle in a statement. “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.”

Explaining why he decided to utilize the Indiegogo platform Cheadle said, “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.”

Cheadle will be making his directorial debut with Miles Ahead, in which he’ll also play the music legend alongside Ewan McGregor, who will play a reporter, and Zoe Saldana, whose role has not yet been unveiled.

The project will be filmed “entirely in Greater Cincinnati in the coming months,” said Kristen Erwin Schlotman, film commission executive director.

“Erin, Cheryl and I, and Miles Davis Properties, LLC are extremely excited to have Don Cheadle play Sir Miles Dewey Davis in the forthcoming movie,” said Miles Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn, speaking on behalf of his family. “Don’s vision and his unwavering passion will undoubtedly serve this project to the highest standard and we are beyond thrilled to have him onboard.”

Miles Ahead is being produced through Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions, along with Bifrost‘s Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum, Darryl Porter and Vince Wilburn on behalf of the Davis estate, Lenore Zerman, and Pam Hirsch.

Check out the campaign video below and help bring this project to life at

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