— Miles Ahead (@MilesAheadFilm) August 5, 2014
About a month after surpassing the $325,000 goal he set for his now-ended Miles Davis project Indiegogo campaign, raising over $343,000 in the end, principal photography has been underway on “Miles Ahead” in Cincinnati, OH. And I must say, being able to write those words puts a smile on my face, because this is a project we’ve been tracking for many years now, and I’m just glad that it’s finally getting made, after a lengthy financing struggle.
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Cheadle makes his directorial debut with “Miles Ahead,” which is set in 1979 New York, when Davis was ending his 5-year “quiet period” out of the public eye. In the script, co-written by Cheadle, Davis recruits reporter Dave Brill (McGregor) to retrieve a recording stolen from the musician’s home.
Emayatzy Corinealdi plays as Davis’ former wife Frances Taylor.
Keith Lee Stanfield, Austin Lyon and Morgan Wolk round out the starring cast.
Most of the movie is set in 1979, when Davis and journalist Brill track down the stolen recording, with flashbacks to Davis’s affair with Corinealdi’s Frances from 1956 to 1966.
“Miles Ahead” will be filmed in about 25 Cincinnati locations through August for at least 6 weeks.