New York Film Fest: Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' to Screen Closing Night

Emily Shur

Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic will make its world premiere as part of the 53rd edition.

Don Cheadle's directorial debut, Miles Ahead, has been selected to screen as the closing-night film at the 53rd New York Film Festival, organizers said on Wednesday.

The biopic sees Cheadle, who co-wrote the script, star as the legendary musician Miles Davis, opposite Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor. "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," said New York Film Festival director Kent Jones on Wednesday in a statement.

New York earlier announced Robert Zemeckis The Walk as the opening-night selection, and Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler as a dual retrospective of the experimental filmmakers. Cheadle said debuting his film in New York City was fitting, as that's where Davis' career thrived.

"He (Davis) 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," Cheadle said in his own statement. Miles Ahead was produced by Cheadle, Pamela Hirsch, Lenore Zerman, Daniel Wagner, Robert Barnum, Vince Wilburn and Darryl Porter.

The 53rd New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 11.

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