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  • Don Cheadle Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Miles Davis Movie

    Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:48:37

    Don Cheadle Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Miles Davis Movie - Watch him play the trumpet, too!

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    Wanna help make a movie? Well, you can! Actor Don Cheadle has taken to Indiegogo, the world's largest global crowdfunding platform, seeking additional production funds on his feature film directorial debut, Miles Ahead.

    First off – what's the skew of the movie? Well, the film tells the story of a few dangerous days in the life of music icon Miles Davis (played by Cheadle), the virtuoso, fighter and genius, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer to steal back his music. Ewan McGregor co-stars.

    "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. "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."

    Makes total sense, Mr. Cheadle.

    The campaign is at indiegogo.com.

    Watch the video of Cheadle playing the trumpet below.

    Miles Ahead: Don Cheadle with Erin Davis & Vince Wilburn Jr. from Miles Movie on Vimeo.



    The film looks to raise $325,000 on Indiegogo by July 6 to support the principal photography for the feature length film when it goes into production later this summer. Among the pledge prizes are rare posters, limited edition Miles Davis artwork, a coffee table book of Miles' artwork signed by Don Cheadle, as well as set visits and access to screenings.

    As to why he decided to utilize the Indiegogo platform Cheadle explained, "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 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."

    So Cheadle is personally funding and looking for some support.

    Help him make this movie, peeps!

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.30.14



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