Oscar nominated actor Don Cheadle is set to debut Miles Ahead at the New York Film Festival. Miles Ahead is a bio-pic on the late Jazz Legend Miles Davis which he directed himself and it will close out the festival on its closing day. The movie serves as Cheadle’s directorial debut.
NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “I admire Don’s film because of all the intelligent decisions he’s made about how to deal with Miles, but I was moved, deeply moved by ‘Miles Ahead‘ for other reasons. Don knows, as an actor, a writer, a director, and a lover of Miles’ music, that intelligent decisions and well-planned strategies only get you so far, that finally it’s your own commitment and attention to every moment and every detail that brings a movie to life…”
In response to his film being selected Don Cheadle himself said “I am happy that the selection committee saw fit to invite us to the dance. It’s very gratifying that all the hard work that went into the making of this film, from every person on the team, has brought us here. Miles’ music is all-encompassing, forward-leaning, and expansive. He changed the game time after time, and New York is really where it all took off for him. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center… feels very ‘right place, right time.’ Very exciting.”
Miles Ahead will focus on the legendary jazz musician’s crazy years in the late 1970s, during which he struggled with a variety of substances while also struggling with memories of past triumphs and fails. It will also look at his years with Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi), and the love of his life.
The 53rd NYFF (New York Film Festival) will be going on from September 25 to October 11.