Release Dates Announed for Cheadle’s ‘Miles Davis’ Film


According to a post on their Facebook page, the filmmakers behind Don Cheadle’s highly-anticipated film about the jazz icon, Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, have announced that the film will open in both New York and Los Angeles in the Spring.

Cheadle has offered that the film is not a biopic but has been described simply as an exploration of the life and music of Davis. Over a decade in the making, Cheadle initially set up an Indiegogo to fund the production. The film debuted as the closing night film for the New York Film Festival in October.

The title of the film is taken from a 1957 album from Davis, his first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans following the Birth of the Cool sessions. Along with their subsequent collaborations Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, ‘Miles Ahead’ is one of the most famous recordings of Third Stream, a fusion of jazz, European classical, and world music.

The flip side to this news is that the film will not have a release for a qualifying eligibility for awards consideration this year. Miles Ahead marks the directorial debut of Don Cheadle, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson. The film stars Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Ewan McGregor.

While a trailer has not been released, check out a clip from the film, below: