By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire June 4, 2014 at 4:35PM
Academy-Award nominated actor Don Cheadle ("Hotel Rwanda," "House of Lies") has turned to Indiegogo to raise additional production funds for his feature film directorial debut, "Miles Ahead," about a few dangerous days in the life of iconic musician Miles Davis. Cheadle will play Davis and Ewan McGregor will co-star.
"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 Cheadle in a press 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."
"Miles Ahead" is seeking to raise $325,000 on Indiegogo by July 6 to support principal photography for the feature length film when it goes into production later this summer. Among the backer rewards for the film are posters, rare Miles Davis artwork and a coffee table book of Davis' artwork signed by Don Cheadle, as well as set visits and access to screenings.
Launched today, the campaign has raised nearly $7,000 so far.
Cheadle said he turned to crowdfunding -- and Indiegogo in particular --- because "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 [help] 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."
The project has the support of Davis' 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," said Miles Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn, speaking on behalf of his family.
Cheadle is producing the film through his Crescendo Productions banner, along with Bifrost's Daniel Wagner, and Robert Ogden Barnum. Also producing are Darryl Porter and Vince Wilburn on behalf of the Davis estate, Lenore Zerman and Pam Hirsch.
Watch the Indiegogo campaign video below: