Actor Don Cheadle has filmed movies around the world, so he's not totally surprised to be preparing to shoot his Miles Davis feature in Cincinnati.
"You have architecture and the look here that can approximate the era that we're shooting in Manhattan, which Manhattan doesn't really have a lot of anymore," said Cheadle in the Miles Ahead Downtown production office.
Don Cheadle recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for his long-in-development Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, seeking to raise $325,000 towards the film's overall budget of under $10 million by July 6 to support the principal photography for the feature length film when it goes into production later this summer.
Artistically unpredictable and personally mercurial, jazz genius and American icon Miles Davis lived an impossible-to-pin-down life. For years, it seemed the same was true about Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's long-in-the-works biopic. Now though, the project is locking into a steady groove. Cheadle, who will direct the film, and his collaborators, which include Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. and musical giant Herbie Hancock, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funding for the effort.
Academy-Award nominated actor Don Cheadle is looking for your help! The 49-year-old actor is taking matters into his own hands to fund his feature film, Miles Ahead, a film that tells the story of a few dangerous days in the life of music icon 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.
Here is a very special edition of The Pace Report from the official unveiling of "Miles Davis Way" in New York City. Members of the Miles Davis family, friends, and former band members spoke at the ceremony.
Cheadle will make his directorial debut with a film about the legendary musician with cast that includes Ewan McGregor.
The City of New York unveiled "Miles Davis Way" last week, an Upper West Side street named in honor of one its most influential residents: late jazz great Miles Davis. ... When news of his street dedication broke, 60 Minutes went into its archives for a fascinating and raw conversation between Davis and late correspondent Harry Reasoner.
View 30 exclusive photos in the Miles Davis Way Photo Gallery
WABC-TV's Art McFarland reports on the celebration for the re-naming of 77th street between Riverside Drive and West End to Miles Davis Way.
Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles) were recently interviewed by Mike Ragogna for The Huffington Post. Here's an excerpt from the interview below.
Mike Ragogna: Let's start with the street. It's about time that Miles Davis got a street named after him, but why now? What brought it on?
The Miles Davis family -- Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles), Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles) -- will appear today at 4 p.m. EDT on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News First at 4.
The family is celebrating Miles' 88th birthday TODAY by unveiling "Miles Davis Way" from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT with an NYC Block Party at 312 W 77 Street (between Riverside Drive & West End Ave.) in New York, NY. The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.