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VIP Reception And Screening Of Miles Ahead In Ann Arbor

Mar 31, 2016

For a gift of $100, you and a guest will receive film tickets for two to see a special screening of Miles Ahead Ann Arbor premier, plus admission to a special pre-show reception at the Necto Nightclub (across from Michigan Theater) from 5 to 6:30 p.m on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The reception will feature light snacks, a cash bar, music from Big Fun, a 5 piece band led by Mark Kirschenman and Stephen Rush, and a special souvenir ($50 for one ticket and admission if you're unable to commit to a pair of tickets).

 Donations can be made at wemu.org or by calling 734-487-2229 during regular business hours.

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Miles Ahead is a 2015 American biographical film directed by Don Cheadle, which Cheadle co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson, based on the life of jazz musician Miles Davis. The film stars Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Ewan McGregor, and closed the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2015.[1] The film takes its title from Davis' 1957 album.  Music and musical direction from Robert Glasper.

The idea for Cheadle to star in Miles Davis biopic began when Cheadle was auditioning for Ali, and was told by writer Chris Wilkenson suggested it, noting that he knew the Davis family. Cheadle was interested although he didn't seriously consider it until 2006. That year, when Miles Davis was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Davis's nephew stated that Cheadle was the only person who could play Miles and that a film was coming with him starring. At the time there were no actual plans for the movie and the comments came to Cheadle as a surprise.

Intrigued by the comments however, Cheadle met with the Davis family who pitched him a variety of concepts, none of which interested him. Cheadle finally brought up the concept of portraying Davis as a "gangster" based on his life in 1945 and the 1970s. The family approved this concept and Cheadle soon realized that he was the only one with the vision to write and direct the film this way.