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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