Don Cheadle invites us to join him in his directorial debut on Miles Ahead, a film exploring a moment in the career of trumpeteer, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis.

But it’s not a biopic, Cheadle clarifies. “Standard biopics touch all the standard benchmarks for five seconds, then move on,” he says, “They don’t tell you a full story.”

The film focuses on a “very specific point in [Miles’] life to explore his relationship with his muse, his voice, his fears and challenges to come out of his silent period and return to the music.” Cheadle hopes the film appeals to anyone, not just to jazz fans.

Cheadle has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the film. He hopes to raise $325K by July 6. Pledge prizes include rare Davis photos, limited edition Davis artwork, a coffee table book of Davis’ artwork signed by Cheadle, and set visits and access to screenings.

“I’m personally putting a big chunk of money into our budget as well as putting all my fees back in,” Cheadle says. “But the extra money we hope to raise on Indiegogo will help us re-create the multiple time periods we’re dealing with and [help with] the logistics of incorporating all the music.”

To learn more about the Miles Ahead project, click here.

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  • I’m excited about this project and Don Cheadle is one of my favorite actors. Mile’s Davis “Bitches Brew” is a classic album.

  • Fifi Gongon

    He would be perfect for the role and I like his approach. He does not want to do it “Hollywood style” but something more researched, a more intimate portrayal of Miles Davies. Plus, Don Cheadle is so damn sexy !

  • Ask_Me

    Another biopic about a woman beater….of course that will be left on the cutting room floor…all for the sake of prompting a false positive image.

    • I didn’t know that although I read that he has been married three times.

    • Ask_Me

      And he beat every one of them….including actress Cicely Tyson.

      The man was repulsive….right up there with Ike Turner.

    • Brad

      Check out the book:
      Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth”


      Still the story should be told the good, the bad and the ugly.

      One reviewer of the book wrote:

      “My love of music and miles made me read this book. I have to say that the things I learned of miles and his abuse of women or (his woman) was a bit too much for me to take. I loved his music, I loved him for creating it and to read about this abuse…well I had to step back and ask myself..Can I go on liking him and his music?
      I still struggle with it today.”

    • elsa

      I don’t like Miles but I love his music. And I’d love to understand the gap between the art and the human flaws. Can their initial sufferings cause/explain both their creativity and their terrible behavior? I don’t want to find him (and other similar geniuses) excuses, and maybe the talent and the cruelty towards other have no link whatsoever. But it’s a fascinating theme for a movie.

    • elsa

      I think Miles’ flaws are well known and well documented. Why would you assume that the truth would be hidden?

    • Ask_Me

      Because it typically is in these so-called biopics. Do you honestly think that will be include in this films???

  • Anthony

    I cannot tell any woman to ignore the domestic violence that Davis perpetrated, all I can say is that history of full of great people with great flaws. I have that feeling looking at the D-Day celebration today because I know all of the people leading the war for “freedom” were very comfortable with horrible discrimination against those who were not white, let alone having a total blind spot when it came to gender. As for Cicely Tyson, Davis admits that she stood up to his abuse pretty well. She literally yanked his weave out so hard his hair never grew back in that spot!

  • Mary Burrell

    Love Don Cheadle,from what i have read about Miles Davis he wasn’t a nice guy. But a great artist. We need to see the good the bad and the ugly. I hope this project is sucessful. I would watch it.