Don Cheadle is using his celebrity muscle to make a movie about jazz icon Miles Davis. But he needs more cash for the project — and has turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to make up the shortfall weeks before he makes his directorial debut shooting the relatively low-budget movie.

“There are a lot of different mechanisms that go into us being able to get our budget, not least of which is me putting money in myself, which is supposed to be a cardinal sin in movie making,” he told AFP.

“But I’m doing it because I believe in it and I want to do it,” added the 49-year-old African American actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for 2004’s Hotel Rwanda.

You can contribute to the making of Miles Ahead at Indiegogo.