With 11 hours to go on the six-week Indiegogo campaign, the project had hit $335,766 from 1,984 funders.
Kristen Bell, Zach Braff and Spike Lee have all used Kickstarter campaigns to raise funds for their films, with Bell’s “Veronica Mars” setting a record at $5.7 million in donations.
“Most studios don’t make these kinds of movies anymore, so we are doing it independently,” Cheadle said. “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 with the logistics of incorporating all the music.”
“Miles Ahead” marks Cheadle’s directorial debut. The pic was called “Kill the Trumpet Player” when it was being sold to international territories at the American Film Market last year.
Three incentives went for $15,000 with one for $20,000 and another for $25,000 — each including a visit to the Cincinnati set and an associate producer credit.
The film is set in New York in 1979 when Davis was ending a five-year “silent period” and teaming with a Rolling Stone reporter — played by Ewan McGregor — to start a career revival.
Cheadle is starring and producing through his Crescendo Productions 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.
Davis died in 1991 at the age of 65.