Miles Ahead

John Kiesewetter

To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, nonprofit Film Cincinnati (formerly the film commission) is seeking 30 donors willing to give $30,000 each.

"Most people think that we get paid to produce films here. (Not true!) Film Cincinnati is completely reliant on generous donations from our sponsors and people like you to sustain economic development and job creation in Greater Cincinnati," says a post on the FilmCincinnati website.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, with around 70 categories this year, will be presented on Sunday, February 12th at 8pm.  So, on Saturday, February 4th at 11pm, you'll hear a special Grammy edition of the Blues.  We’ll start off with music from some of the blues-nominated musicians including Lurrie Bell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Janiva Magness.  

Provided by Brian Douglas

The "Miles Ahead" soundtrack, released in April along with Don Cheadle's movie about jazz icon Miles Davis, is up for a Grammy Award.

The film, shot here in 2014, joins Cincinnati jazz pianist Fred Hersch among nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards presented Sunday, Feb. 12, on CBS from the Los Angeles Staples Center.

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Production starts this week here on "Girl From The Hood," the Lifetime movie about R&B singer Michel'le, the Lifetime movie publicist tells me.

And we won't have to wait long to see it.

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As director Steven C. Miller promised last October, Cincinnati will play a visible role in "Marauders," the bank robbery action film shot here last fall.

The two-minute "Marauders" trailer, released today, opens with an aerial shot over the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Between lots of automatic weapons firing, you'll also see the Dixie Terminal Building, Carew Tower and a white Local 12 News van.

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This I know for sure: I love jazz, and I loved "Miles Ahead."

I don't know if jazz icon Miles Davis really robbed a CBS executive at gunpoint, as depicted in Don Cheadle's movie opening Friday April 15 at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton.

I don't know if Davis (portrayed by Cheadle) and a "Rolling Stone" writer (Ewan McGregor) fired gunshots in a car chase trying to recover a recording tape stolen from Davis's New York City home in 1979.

I do know Davis wanted to keep the recording private. Cheadle, who co-wrote the screenplay, told me that before he started filming here in summer 2014.

The script was once called "Kill The Trumpet Player." I don't know how historically accurate the screenplay is about Davis, a major figure in the bebop, cool jazz and jazz fusion movements who died in 1991 at age 65.

Miles Ahead

Apr 12, 2016
Brian Douglas

Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 pm

As Miles Ahead, actor/director Don Cheadle’s film about Miles Davis, opens in movie theaters this spring, WVXU presents a special look at Davis, the film and his music.

Featured are interviews with Cheadle, score composer Robert Glasper, members of Miles' family and music from the film. You’ll enjoy classic Miles Davis tracks: Seven Steps to Heaven, Frelon Brun, Miles Ahead, Solea, Black Satin, Prelude, part 2, So What, Back Seat Betty; and new cuts from Robert Glasper’s score.

After "Miles Ahead" comes "A Kind of Murder." The Jessica Biel movie also filmed in Cincinnati in 2014 premieres at New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday April 17, two days after Don Cheadle's "Miles Ahead" arrives in local theaters.

Biel, Patrick Wilson and Haley Bennett star in "A Kind of Murder," which was called "The Blunderer" when shot here in November and December 2014.

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You just know that jazz expert Oscar Treadwell is smiling on Cincinnati.

Ten years after his death, his adopted hometown provides the background for a major motion picture about jazz icon Miles Davis, Don Cheadle’s new "Miles Ahead."

Treadwell, who died on April 1, 2006, at age 79, was the jazz voice and conscience for Cincinnati for 46 years.  

If a Miles Davis tune was heard on radio here, most likely it was on Treadwell's shows on WVXU-FM, WNOP-AM, WGUC-FM, WVAE-FM or WZIP-AM. In fact, "O.T." is such an institution that his shows are still on the air here at WVXU-FM 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

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Now it can be told: Veteran film producer Pam Hirsch (“The Winning Season,” “Girl Most Likely,” “Labor Pains”) wasn’t sure she could make “Miles Ahead” here two years ago.

“When we came to Cincinnati, we were not sold,” Hirsch said after the Cincinnati premiere of the film Saturday, a fund-raiser for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

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Local musicians Joshua Jessen and J.T. Thigpen have played a lot of jazz – but never like what they did in “Miles Ahead,” the new movie about jazz icon Miles Davis.

Jessen and Thigpen play jazz in scenes with Miles Davis – as portrayed Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle, who also directed the film here two years ago this summer. The Cincinnati premiere is Saturday night. On Sunday night, Jessen and Thigpen tell me about their roles in the film at 7 p.m. on WVXU-FM’s “Around Cincinnati.”

John Kiesewetter takes us behind-the-scenes on the locally filmed biopic of musician Miles Davis, Miles Ahead.

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Actor-director Don Cheadle will attend the “Miles Ahead” Cincinnati red carpet premiere and after party March 26.

Cheadle starred as jazz icon Miles Davis in the film, shot entirely in Greater Cincinnati in July 2014.

The 7 p.m. screening at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton, and after party in Over-the-Rhine, is a fund-raiser for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

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Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” filmed here in 2014 should arrive in Greater Cincinnati theaters on Friday, April 22, says the Cleveland-based promoter.

And stars Cheadle and Emayatzy Corinealdi could attend a Cincinnati premiere being planned for March 26, promoters say.

Cheadle directed and starred as jazz icon Miles Davis  with Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “Trainspotting”) as Dave Braden, a “Rolling Stone” reporter.

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The trailer for “Miles Ahead” hits all the high notes that director-star Don Cheadle told me about his Miles Davis movie before filming started in July 2014.

I can’t wait to see more, but I will. “Miles Ahead,” Cheadle’s directorial debut, is scheduled to arrive in theaters April 1.

--It’s not a “bio picture,” as many keep calling it.

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The date has been set! “Carol,” the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara period drama filmed here last year will have a Cincinnati premiere on Saturday, Dec. 12.

The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission announced the date – but no other details – in its October newsletter emailed today.

“The premiere will be held on Saturday, December 12th, with the venue and time TBA (to be announced). Stay tuned."

Kristen Erwin Schlotman, film commission executive director, told me earlier this month that “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead,” both filmed here last year, will have Cincinnati premieres.

Brian Douglas

Brian Douglas, WKRQ-FM’s MVP – most versatile personality – leaves Q102 Friday to take a shot at becoming a full-time photographer.

After moonlighting as the official photographer for “Marauders,” Mariah Carey’s “A Christmas Melody” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead,” Douglas opened his show at 3 p.m. Thursday by telling listeners his last day is Friday.

“The past 28 years have been the absolute best years of my life. I have been blessed beyond belief to work at Q102 in my hometown of Cincinnati,” said Douglas, who will do some part-time fill-in shifts at Q102, as his schedule permits. 

The popular afternoon DJ with Laura Powell had been shifted to mornings with a revolving door of co-hosts before the station hired Jeff Thomas and Jenn Jordan in 2002. Douglas and Powell have been No. 1 in the afternoon Nielsen ratings since 2011 for women ages 25-54, the station's target demographic.

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The New York Times has dubbed Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” an Academy Awards contender, along with that other film shot in Cincinnati last year, “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

“Anyone who wants to get a jump on possible Oscar nominees for 2017… should check out ‘Miles Ahead,’ the closing-night film” Sunday at the New York Film Festival, wrote A. O. Scott.

Cheadle made his directorial debut and starred as iconic jazz innovator Miles Davis in the film shot here in July 2014. He also co-wrote the script, set in 1979, about the trumpeter and a Rolling Stone reporter (Ewan McGregor) trying to recover an unreleased recording stolen from the musician’s home at the end of his five-year, self-imposed “silent period” out of the public eye. The Times said:

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Rave reviews are greeting  “Carol” in advance of its New York Film Festival screening Friday.

Flavorwire calls it “flawless” and “gorgeous,” with “astonishing” performances.   The Village Voice gushes about Todd Haynes’ direction.

Haynes' work  “has never been more assured, defined by silken camera work and expert framing that conveys his characters’ loneliness. … ‘Carol’ offers a mature portrait of love struggling to materialize, and survive, in a disapproving society,” the Voice says.

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Cate Blanchett’s “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” filmed here last summer will have special Cincinnati screenings.

“They will premiere here,” says Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

Details have not been finalized. “I have no dates,” she says.

“Carol” and “Miles Ahead” will be screened this week at the New York Film Festival.

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