Don Cheadle’s ‘Miles Ahead’ to Close New York Film Festival

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Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” will be the closing night film for the 53rd New York Film Festival on Oct. 11.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center already set Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “The Walk” as its opening night film on Sept. 25.

“Miles Ahead” is Cheadle’s directorial debut. The screening will mark the film’s world premiere.

The title of the film is taken from the 1957 album featuring iconic trumpet player Miles Davis in his first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans following the “Birth of the Cool” sessions.

Cheadle raised $344,683 last year through a crowdfunding campaign. The pic was called “Kill the Trumpet Player” when it was being sold to international territories at the American Film Market in 2013.

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. Davis died in 1991 at the age of 65.

His years with the love of his life, Frances Taylor — played by Emayatzy Corinealdi — are also explored in the film.

Cheadle said: “I am happy that the selection committee saw fit to invite us to the dance. It’s very gratifying that all the hard work that went into the making of this film, from every person on the team, has brought us here. Miles’ music is all-encompassing, forward-leaning, and expansive. He changed the game time after time, and New York is really where it all took off for him. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center… feels very ‘right place, right time.’ Very exciting.”

Besides Cheadle, producers  are Pamela Hirsch, Lenore Zerman, Daniel Wagner, Robert Barnum, Vince Willburn and Daryl Porter.

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  1. Aaron Burr says:

    this is very exciting. i’ve been following Miles Davis since 1959-60 when i was 13. my first Davis album, was Friday Night at the Black Hawk. when i was 20, i bought Kind of Blue, which is the gold standard in modern jazz. the tribute to Davis is the staying power of the artistic message; it just keeps on keepin on.

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