Miles Ahead


1h 40m 2015

Brief Synopsis

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled a

Film Details

Also Known As
Kill the Trumpet Player, Miles Davis, Miles Davis i ja, Untitled (Don Cheadle/Miles Davis Biopic)
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Music
Release Date
2015
Distribution Company
MONGREL MEDIA/M+TROPOLE FILMS DISTRIBUTION/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter, Dave Braden forces his way into Davis' house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions.

Crew

G. A. Aguilar

Stunt Coordinator

Thom Allport

Stunts

Alex Altman

Sound

Kate Amer

Location Manager

Mark Amin

Executive Producer

Dan Anders

Stunts

Carlye Archibeque

Visual Effects Coordinator

Kevin M Arnold

Stunt Double

Geoff Ashley

Assistant

John Axelrad

Editor

Steven Baigelman

Executive Producer

Steven Baigelman

Screenplay

Wenden Baldwin

Visual Effects Coordinator

Jeff Barklage

Camera Operator

Robert Ogden Barnum

Producer

Billy Baxter

Driver

Hannah Beachler

Production Designer

Krista Benson

Compositor

Steve Berkowitz

Music

James Berry

Stand-In

Dawn Bierschwal

Co-Executive Producer

Matt Blades

Grip

Laurent Blanchette

Grip

Frank Blasko

Lighting Technician

Tyler Boehm

Co-Executive Producer

Robert Bowen

Driver

Johnathan Bowling

Production Secretary

Amy Bradford

Props Assistant

Amy Bradford

Special Effects Coordinator

Dori Branch

Location Casting

Slater Brauns

Production Supervisor

Slater Brauns

Accounting Assistant

Jen Brinker

Scenery

Helen Britten

Set Decorator

Shaka Brookes

Grip

Tom Brown

Driver

Tym Buacharern

Makeup

Jodi L. Byrne

Contact Lenses

Cynthia G Cabrera

Payroll Accountant

Hal Carlton-ford

Gang Boss

Chris Carnel

Stunts

Mike Carpenter

Driver

Don Cheadle

Song

Don Cheadle

Producer

Don Cheadle

Screenplay

Tai Cheadle

Camera Assistant

Chenney Chen

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Thomas R Cherry

Camera

Gary Chester

Music Scoring Mixer

Gary Clark

Music

Gary Clark

Song Performer

Amy Cluxton

On-Set Dresser

Adam Cobb

Production

Mari Matsuo Colley

Adr

Eddy Collyns

Location Manager

Carol Compton

Researcher

H. H. Cooper

Assistant Director

Deirdre Costa

Assistant Location Manager

John Craigmile

Post-Production Accountant

Jeff Crowe

Scenic Artist

Lori Dalton

Rights & Clearances

Cheryl Davis

Executive Producer

Erin Davis

Executive Producer

Miles Davis

Trumpet

Miles Davis

Song Performer

Rustin Davis

Assistant Director

Brad Dean

Assistant Editor

Salvador R Deanda

Chef

Laura Dennings

Props

Nicholas Deroo

Location Manager

Charlie Dibe

Unit Production Manager

Maggie Dick

Tailor

John Diesso

Camera

Mike Dittiacur

Best Boy Grip

Andrea Doyle

Art Assistant

Samantha Drake

Art Assistant

Alex Durie

Camera

Katie Dwertman

Set Production Assistant

Craig Eastep

Driver

Nash Edgerton

Stunt Double

Cassian Elwes

Executive Producer

Kayla M. Emter

Editor

John Erbes

Key Grip

Alex Esber

Camera

Gil Evans

Song

Steffan Fantini

Music

Rocky Faulkner

Costume Consultant

Amy Faust

Camera

Russuel Faust

Best Boy Electric

David Feldman

Accountant

Victor Feldman

Song

Jonathan Ferrantelli

Post-Production Supervisor

Michael Feuser

Audio

Rick Fike

Stunt Coordinator

Rick Fike

Engineer

Dann Fink

Casting

Bruce Fisher

Music Lyrics

Jeff Fisher

Key Grip

Erin Forbes

Production Secretary

Larry Ford

Craft Service

Pamela Ford

Craft Service

Craig Forrest

Medic

Jason Fournet

Post-Production Coordinator

Belle Francisco

Script Supervisor

Camille Friend

Hair

Mairead Gaffney

Set Production Assistant

Joy Galbraith

Costumes

Jonathan Gardner

Executive Producer

Eric Gearity

Grip

Frank Gehry

Associate Producer

Travis Geiger

Assistant

Ed Gerrard

Music Supervisor

Robert Glasper

Music

Robert Glasper

Song

Robert Glasper

Song Performer

John Goodwill

Transportation Coordinator

Matt Haasch

Foley Mixer

Matthew Haber

Special Effects

James Hagedorn

Assistant Location Manager

Herbie Hancock

Music

Herbie Hancock

Song Performer

Kristopher Hardy

Camera

Anthony Harris

Associate Producer

Aswan Harris

Stunt Double

Kevin Hart

Co-Executive Producer

Steve Havira

Assistant

Jay Hawkins

Stunt Double

Erin Hicks

Hair

William Hightower

Co-Executive Producer

Brian Hinkle

Driver

Greg Hinkle

Driver

Pamela Hirsch

Unit Production Manager

Pamela Hirsch

Producer

Betsy Hodges

Pilot

Jake Hossfeld

Lighting Technician

Dave Jarred

Grip

Simon Jayes

Camera

Chuck Jeffreys

Stunt Coordinator

John Holt Jr.

Driver

Jordan C Kadovitz

Video

Todd Kasow

Music Editor

Chie Kobayashi

Production Associate

Alex Basco Koch

Animation Supervisor

Brock Komon

Art Assistant

Ken Kurras

Cgi Artist

Drew Lachey

Consultant

Steve Lafayette

Boom Operator

Joanne Lee

Production

Rose Leiker

Property Master

Robert Lewis

Executive Producer

Skip Lievsay

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Scott Lipez

Rigging Gaffer

Phil Logrippo

Production Accountant

Ruth Lohse

Art Assistant

Stephen Lonano

Assistant Director

Billy Lyons

Driver

Lydia Mackenzie

Construction

Chance Madison

Gaffer

Philippe Majdalani

Camera

Timothy Marchiafava

Music

Alexander Maxwell

Construction

Geoff Maxwell

Production Sound Mixer

Nigel Maxwell

Sound

John Mays

Assistant Engineer

Donnie Mcfinley

Costumes

Jenn Mclaren

Art Department Coordinator

Thomas Mcvay

Compositor

Michel Merkt

Associate Producer

Craig Metzger

Transportation Captain

Ralph Metzger

Driver

D. Lynn Meyers

Casting

Pras Michel

Associate Producer

Anastas Michos

Cinematographer

Anastas Michos

Other

Emily Miller

Loader

Colleen Mlezica

Camera

William Moore

Stunts

Tracey Moss

Hair Stylist

Chris Murphy

Assistant Engineer

Mary Murphy

Costumes

Carl Murray

Medic

Terry Myers

Construction Coordinator

Stephen Nakamura

Camera

Dennis Neaubauer

Driver

Ewelina Nietupska

Camera

Igor Nikolic

Foley Editor

Meredith Nunnikhoven

Production Coordinator

Jesse Nye

Assistant Director

Rita O'dea

Assistant

Vanessa O'kelley

On-Set Dresser

Mitch Osias

Sound Effects Editor

Eliza Paley

Foley

Kristen Paquette

Costumer

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Sam Pennybacker

Assistant

Drew Perkins

Driver

Gersha Phillips

Costume Designer

Eric Podell

Assistant

Brian Pope

Executive Producer

Darryl Porter

Producer

Film Details

Also Known As
Kill the Trumpet Player, Miles Davis, Miles Davis i ja, Untitled (Don Cheadle/Miles Davis Biopic)
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Music
Release Date
2015
Distribution Company
MONGREL MEDIA/M+TROPOLE FILMS DISTRIBUTION/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video July 19, 2016

Released in United States April 1, 2016

Released in United States 2015

Released in United States 2016

During preproduction, Don Cheadle launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise $325,000 to support principal photography and the recreation of the multiple time periods used in the story, as well as the logistics of incorporating the music. Miles Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn endorsed the project.

Zoe Saldana was previously attached to play the role ultimately played by Emayatzy Corinealdi.

Antoine Fuqua was previously attached to direct

Sundance contact is Maya Anand, maya_anand@spe.sony.com

Co-financed through crowdfunding on Indiegogo.

Feature directorial debut of Don Cheadle.

Released in United States 2015 (Closing Night)

Released in United States 2016 (Spotlight)

Released in United States on Video July 19, 2016

Released in United States April 1, 2016 (New York & Los Angeles)

Released in United States 2016 ( 24 Beats Per Second )