Actor Don Cheadle has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, the world’s largest global crowd-funding platform. Cheadle is seeking additional production funds for his feature film directorial debut, Miles Ahead. The film tells the story of a few days in the life of Miles Davis, played by Cheadle, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer to steal back his music. Ewan McGregor has also been cast to 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,” Cheadle says. “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 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. For a full list of what’s being offered, go to the Indiegogo campaign link at www.indiegogo.com/projects/miles-ahead.
As to why he decided to utilize the Indiegogo platform, Cheadle continues, “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 re-create 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.”
Cheadle is best known for roles in Crash, Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven films, Iron Man 2 & 3, as well as for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Best Actor in 2004’s Hotel Rwanda. He can currently be seen starring in Showtime’s House of Lies as Marty Kaan, for which he won a Golden Globe in 2013.
Photo of Miles Davis, by Don Hunstein.