Don Cheadle has launched a campaign to fund the forthcoming Miles Ahead film – his planned tribute to the life and works of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis – via Indiegogo. The campaign follows news that Cheadle would be stepping to the plate to direct and star in a film about the iconic musician whose razor sharp tongue and innovative ear made him as irreplaceable to the jazz tradition as he was to music at large. Don Cheadle makes an even bigger move to translate Miles’ musical philosophy to viewers by bringing Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper and Nas aboard to oversee and contribute to the film’s soundtrack. Don Cheadle launched the campaign with a very detailed description of his intentions and hopes for the film:
Music has always been one of my passions. Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents’ Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me; he was someone who only ever followed a path as a runway to create a new one. Surprisingly, Miles’ life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honor. I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, alive and AHEAD.
Check the footage below to watch the campaign trailer and get a little taste of Don Cheadle putting in work on the horn. Learn more about the Miles Ahead campaign and donate to the film via Indiegogo. Get more on Miles Davis and stay tuned for updates via REVIVE.