New York Film Fest Announces Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' as Closer

July 22, 2015
Source: NYFF

Miles Ahead

It's official. The New York Film Festival has announced the film that will be playing as the Closing Night Feature at this year's 53rd festival, beginning this fall. The film is Don Cheadle's directorial debut, Miles Ahead, in which Cheadle plays legendary musician Miles Davis. We posted a first look photo last year, and have been waiting for an update ever since. The opening night film was selected as Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, and the rest of the line-up will be revealed closer to the opening on September 25th. Don Cheadle stated: "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."

Below is a new photo from NYFF promoting Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead at the 53rd New York Film Festival.

NYFF - Miles Ahead

The rest of Cheadle's quote states: "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." In the film, Cheadle, who also co-wrote the script, stars as the legendary Miles Davis opposite Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor.

New York Film Festival 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. 'There is no longer much else but ourselves, in the place given us,' wrote the poet Robert Creeley. 'To make that present, and actual … is not an embarrassment, but love.' That's the core of art. Miles Davis knew it, and Don Cheadle knows it."

The festival kicks off on September 25th at New York City's Lincoln Center, and runs for 17 days until October 11th. If you're going to be in the city at all during that time, we highly recommend grabbing tickets to see anything from the festival. They always program great films, and if the excitement is any early indication, both Miles Ahead and The Walk seem like they're going to be worthy premieres of another NYFF. I've grown to really love the festival and I trust they always program some of the best films out there. I'm not exactly sure what to expect with Miles Ahead, but I'm hoping for the best, and I'm hoping Cheadle delivers his all with a passion project. For more updates and news (+ tickets) from the festival, visit

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Sounds great. Miles Davis is in my Top 3 Jazz musicians. I want to see this biopic!

DAVIDPD on Jul 22, 2015


Not the biggest fan of the punny title, but really intrigued nevertheless. Don as Miles seems excellent, and he's always come across as very intelligent so I'm excited to see what he can do from the director's chair.

Wafffles on Jul 23, 2015


The title also happens to be the title of Miles Davis' 1957 album. It may be punny, but that's the way Davis liked it, so much so that he named one of his albums Miles Ahead.

Alex Billington on Jul 23, 2015


Hmmm, probably shoulda looked that one up before complaining haha. Thanks for the correction!

Wafffles on Jul 23, 2015

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