Join MILES AHEAD - A Don Cheadle Film

Miles Davis busts out of his silent period with an unlikely partner in crime
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Miles Ahead
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[EN FRANÇAIS]

Music has always been one of my passions.  Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents’ Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me; he was someone who only ever followed a path as a runway to create a new one. 

Surprisingly, Miles’ life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honor.

I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, alive and AHEAD.

I’ve taken my marching orders from Miles’ mandates (“Play what’s not there.” “Fear no mistakes. There are none.”) and focused in on a very specific point in his life to explore his relationship with his muse, his voice, his fears and challenges to come out of his silent period and return to the music. I'm hopefully making a movie that tells a story many people can relate to, jazz fan or not. 

MILES AHEAD is not just about the music. It’s about what we all face at one time or another in our lives; questions about who we really are, what we have to say and how will we say it. How will we ultimately be defined and who gets to say so?

Speaking of defining, in Miles’ illustrious career, he played everything from show tunes to acid rock. That’s why he rejected the term “jazz” and preferred to have his work defined as “social music.” 

It makes perfect sense therefore to make MILES AHEAD a

Social Experience. 

I’m here on Indiegogo to invite you to connect with us NOW. 

This film is being produced independent of any major studios, so every dollar raised by this campaign is going directly towards the budget. MILES AHEAD has been in development since 2008 and many variables have changed over the years. Location, crew and timelines have impacted the overall budget tremendously. We have an incredible cast now that we're really excited about, including Ewan McGregor. We need the money that we’re asking for to make the film we want to make. If we weren’t crowdfunding, we would have to cut out scenes or characters that we feel really need to be in the movie. That’s why we’re here on Indiegogo and that’s why 100% of the money raised by this campaign will go towards making this film the best film it can possibly be. 


I want you to be a part of our journey, our story.  Be a part of bringing a great story to life and help us take that experience to the next level. Here are some of the "Thank You" perks for being a part of MILES AHEAD:








Rejoignez Miles Davis rompant avec sa période de silence grâce à un complice peu probable, tirant sur tout ce qui bouge, pour reprendre possession de sa musique, et évoquant son amour perdu depuis longtemps

La musique a toujours été une de mes passions. Depuis la 6e, lorsque j'ai commencé à écouter les disques de Miles Davis de mes parents, son art m’a inspiré; c’était quelqu'un qui suivait un chemin dans le seul but d’en créer un nouveau. 

Etonnamment, la vie de Miles, sa passion, sa créativité, sa flamme n'ont jamais pris vie dans un film, et c’est un honneur que sa famille m'a choisi pour le faire maintenant.

Je veux raconter une histoire que Miles lui-même aurait voulu voir, un film branché, cool, vivant et avant-gardiste.

J'ai suivi les instructions de Miles ("Joue ce qui n’existe pas encore." "N’ai pas peur des erreurs. Il n’en existe pas."), et je me suis concentré sur un moment très précis de sa vie afin d’explorer sa relation avec sa muse, sa voix, ses craintes, la difficulté de s’en finir sa période de silence, et son retour à la musique. J’espère créer un film qui raconte une histoire dans laquelle de gens peuvent s'identifier, fan de jazz ou pas.

MILES AHEAD ne concerne pas seulement la musique. Il s'agit des questions auxquelles nous sommes tous confrontées à un moment donné de notre vie; questions sur qui nous sommes vraiment, ce que nous avons à dire et comment allons-nous le dire. Comment allons-nous nous définir finalement et qui a le droit de nous définir?

Au sujet de définition, pendant son illustre carrière, Miles a joué toute sorte de musique, de la comédie musicale à acid rock. C'est pourquoi il a rejeté le terme "jazz" et a préféré definir son travail en tant que “musique sociale.” 

Il est donc parfaitement logique de faire de

Miles Ahead une expérience sociale.

Je suis ici sur Indiegogo afin de vous inviter
à interagir avec nous maintenant.

Ce film est produit en dehors des grands studios, de sorte que chaque dollar recueilli par cette campagne participe directement au budget. MILES AHEAD est  en développement depuis 2008 et de nombreuses variables ont changé au fil des années. Le lieu, l’équipe, la distribution et le timeline ont eu un impact énorme sur le budget global. Nous avons besoin de l'argent que nous demandons pour faire le film que nous voulons réaliser. Si nous n'avions pas lancé un appel au crowdfunding, il aurait fallu couper des scènes ou des personnages qui, selon nous, devraient absolument faire partie du film. C'est pourquoi nous sommes ici sur Indiegogo et c'est pourquoi 100% de l'argent amassé par cette campagne servira à faire de ce film le meilleur film possible.


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  • $75USD
    Featured
    Thank You!

    Thank you for joining ahead - let's make it official! Your name will be listed on the MILES AHEAD film website! + MILES AHEAD T-shirt + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $5USD
    JOIN AHEAD!

    You’ll receive exclusive video updates about MILES AHEAD from Don Cheadle throughout our campaign. Get the inside scoop from Don (and special guests!) as he gets ready to direct and star in MILES AHEAD!

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  • $15USD
    INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING FEE

    If you didn't already add $15 to your original payment, and you are outside of the U.S., please contribute the additional fee so we can get you your perk in a timely manner.

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  • $20USD
    LISTEN AHEAD!

    Can't wait for a taste of the musical stylings of MILES AHEAD? You'll receive an advance opportunity to hear music from the set of MILES AHEAD. PLUS you'll get the inside scoop from Don (and special guests!) as he gets ready to direct and star in MILES AHEAD!

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    $25USD
    MILES AHEAD DVD

    You'll receive a DVD of MILES AHEAD as soon as it's commercially available. PLUS You'll receive an advance opportunity to hear music from the set of MILES AHEAD. PLUS you'll get the inside scoop from Don (and special guests!) as he gets ready to direct and star in MILES AHEAD! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

    170 out of 170 claimed

  • $35USD
    WATCH AHEAD!

    You'll receive a Private Pre-Theatrical Streaming Link* granting you access to view MILES AHEAD simultaneous to its Film Festival World Premiere, prior to its release in theaters! *Streaming powered by VHX. PLUS you'll get the inside scoop from Don (and special guests!) as he gets ready to direct and star in MILES AHEAD!

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    $45USD
    Instagram Thank You from Don!

    You'll get a personalized thank you video from Don Cheadle posted on the official MILES AHEAD Instagram feed! This is Don's way of saying THANK YOU for joining ahead! + Everything at the $35 pledge level

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  • $50USD
    You ARE Miles Ahead!

    JOIN, LISTEN and WATCH AHEAD! At this pledge level you'll get a Private Pre-Theatrical Streaming Link! PLUS You'll receive an advance opportunity to hear music from the set of MILES AHEAD. PLUS you'll get the inside scoop from Don (and special guests!) as he gets ready to direct and star in MILES AHEAD!

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  • $55USD
    MILES AHEAD iPhone Cover

    NEW PERK! Call, text and listen to music in style. You'll receive your choice of MILES AHEAD iPhone* cover designs, made especially for this campaign. One of the designs features original artwork by Miles Davis, the other features our official MILES AHEAD logo. + Everything at the $35 pledge level *Protective iPhone 5/5s Cases FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $65USD
    MILES AHEAD T-shirt

    You won’t be able to find this exclusive T-shirt anywhere else. Join MILES AHEAD and flaunt it, with this amazing t-shirt designed especially for this Indiegogo campaign. + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $80USD
    The Miles Davis Artbook

    Miles Davis was a man of many talents. Around 1980, he turned to sketching and painting. This hobby quickly turned into a serious passion, and Davis approached it with the same obsessive creativity he applied to music. At this pledge level you’ll receive a copy of the Miles Davis Artbook. + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $100USD
    ACT HIP Hoodie

    The famous sentence that will be rolling off your tongue (and your chest!) from now on: IF THEY ACT TOO HIP YOU KNOW THEY CAN’T PLAY Shhhhhhh…This sweatshirt can be yours! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $100USD
    Skype Call With Don Cheadle!

    You'll get a 5 minutes skype call with Don Cheadle! He'll answer your burning question about MILES AHEAD and maybe even play a little trumpet just for you. + Everything at the $50 pledge level

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    $100USD
    Screening w/ Don IN Cincinnati

    NEW PERK: MILES AHEAD would not be possible without the great city and the incredible people of Cincinnati, so we would like to GIVE BACK! We'll team up with the Esquire, Mariemont and Kenwood Theaters to present an ADVANCE screening of MILES AHEAD (prior to the theatrical release), some time in 2015. Don Cheadle will be there IN PERSON and there will be a Q&A after the screening! So be sure to get dressed up, because you'll get to walk the red carpet on your way to see MILES

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  • $150USD
    MILES Hoodie *LIMITED*

    Want to show how big a Miles fan you are? Wear this sweatshirt out with a "MILES" and trumpet image on it. This *limited edition* sweatshirt is ONLY available to supporters of this campaign! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $200USD
    RARE MILES T-Shirt

    Only 150 of these limited edition T-shirts were EVER made, and now there are ONLY 8 LEFT (Size small only). One can be yours! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $200USD
    Listen to Miles on SONOS!

    NEW PERK: At this pledge level you'll receive a two room Sonos system. Stream your entire music library, popular music services, and internet radio on a pair of "Sonos play: 1" units! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $250USD
    *SIGNED* MILES AHEAD DVD

    You'll receive a DVD of MILES AHEAD, signed by Don Cheadle, as soon as it's commercially available. + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $300USD
    Wake Up MILES AHEAD

    You'll receive a limited edition Miles Davis mug*, so you can wake up and face the music (literally!). + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Miles Davis Artbook FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge. *Miles Davis mugs courtesy of KPFK

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    $300USD
    Cincinnati Reds Ball SIGNED

    NEW PERK: To mark the launch of this Indiegogo campaign and MILES AHEAD pre-production, Don Cheadle threw the first pitch at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Friday, June 6th 2014. The baseball is signed by Don Cheadle and Cincinnati Reds Catcher, Devin Mesoraco, and it can be yours! + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Miles Davis Artbook

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    $300USD
    Miles at The 92Y!

    NEW PERK: You and a guest will get orchestra tickets to "The Man with the Horn: Music of Miles Davis" at the 92Y in NY on July 24, 2014, 8 pm. Watch some of the best players of jazz today highlight Davis’ songs like “My Funny Valentine,” “Autumn Leaves” and innovative compositions “Donna Lee,” “All Blues,” “Solar” at this live show. Travel and accommodation not included. + Everything in the $50 pledge level!

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    $300USD
    Miles on SONOS! Plus more

    NEW PERK: At this pledge level you'll receive a two room Sonos system. Stream your entire music library, popular music services, and internet radio on a pair of "Sonos play: 1" units! + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $500USD
    Miles' Sketches * EXCLUSIVE*

    The Miles Davis family has expressed a tremendous amount of support for MILES AHEAD. One of their ways of putting their stamp of approval on MILES AHEAD is by providing our campaign with a LIMITED EDITION, out of print collection of Miles’ sketches. + You'll receive a MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $500USD
    Music Supervisor Day!

    NEW PERK: Spend a day shadowing and learning from our incredibly talented music supervisor. You'll get exclusive access to his music studio (most likely in LA area) and watch how the music of MILES AHEAD transforms onto the big screen. (Travel and accommodation not included.) + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Miles Davis Artbook FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $500USD
    NEW: Music Supervisor Day!

    Added by popular demand! Spend a day shadowing and learning from our music supervisor. You'll get exclusive access to his music studio (most likely in LA area) and watch how the music of MILES AHEAD transforms onto the big screen. Travel and accommodation not included. + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Miles Davis Artbook FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $550USD
    ICONIC Miles on Silver

    *LIMITED EDITION* An ICONIC image of Miles Davis printed on brushed silver aluminum (16x24) for an incredible one of a kind look! + You'll receive a MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $600USD
    Cincinnati Reds CHEADLE Jersey

    NEW PERK: To mark the launch of this Indiegogo campaign and MILES AHEAD pre-production, Don Cheadle threw the first pitch at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Friday, June 6th 2014. You can own the Cincinnati Reds CHEADLE jersey he wore! (Approx Men's Large size) + A pair of tickets from the $100 "Advance Screening with Don in Cincinnati" pledge level + Everything in the $50 pledge level!

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  • $750USD
    "Thank You" In Our Credits

    You'll be "thanked" in the official end credits for MILES AHEAD. That's right: YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN! + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $1,000USD
    MILES COLLECTORS SET

    Receive a Miles at the Fillmore box set, four-disc set of live tracks recorded at Bill Graham's famed Fillmore rock palaces in April - June 1970, at both the Fillmore East and West! This box set will be SIGNED BY DON CHEADLE with a personal inscription made out to YOU. + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Exclusive MILES' SKETCHES + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $1,000USD
    YouTube Thanks from Don!

    Don will thank you in a personalized YouTube video! + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $1,000USD
    Meet Robert Glasper!

    You and a guest will get a backstage pass to a Robert Glasper at any upcoming concert between Aug 16 - Nov 22, 2014 (including international concerts). Travel and accommodation not included. To see Glasper's upcoming schedule, visit: http://www.robertglasper.com/tour/ + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD

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  • $1,250USD
    MILES IN CONCERT poster

    This classic poster (18 x 25, mint condition, 1990) is out of print and the only place to get one is HERE! + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $1,300USD
    Hollywood Rock Walk Poster

    There are only TWO Hollywood's Rock Walk Posters for sale and this is the only place you can get them! This poster commemorates Miles’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Sep 28, 2008 - 18 x 24, mint condition). + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Exclusive MILES' SKETCHES + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $1,500USD
    MILES DELUXE

    Receive a Miles at the Fillmore box set SIGNED BY DON CHEADLE with a personal inscription made out to YOU. + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Exclusive MILES' SKETCHES + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD + MILES IN CONCERT poster *RARE MINT CONDITION* FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $1,500USD
    MILES AHEAD Trumpet Case

    Trumpet case, loaded with goodies including the Columbia records CD sets (384 recordings), a custom designed T-shirt, a lithograph of one of Mile’s paintings and an exact replica of the “Gustat” mouthpiece used by Miles himself. The case will be SIGNED BY DON CHEADLE and members of the Davis family! + MILES Hoodie! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $2,000USD
    Meet Nas!

    NEW PERK! You and a guest will get a backstage pass to a Nas concert in the US (date/city TBD). You'll get to meet Nas and hangout backstage! This pass will be good for a concert in any major market except for NY or LA between now and the end of 2015. Travel & accommodation not included. If you have any specific questions about a potential show in your area, please contact milesaheadmovie@gmail.com + Everything in the $50 pledge level + We'll thank you in the end credits of MI

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    $2,250USD
    The *COMPLETE* Collection

    The Complete Columbia Album Collection is a box set by Miles Davis, released in 2009 consisting of 70 CDs and 1 DVD. This box set will be SIGNED BY DON and members of the Davis family with a personal inscription made out to YOU! + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Exclusive MILES' SKETCHES + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD + MILES IN CONCERT poster *RARE MINT CONDITION* FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $2,500USD
    Don's Trumpet from MILES AHEAD

    You'll receive an original prop trumpet, engraved with Miles' signature, played by Don Cheadle in MILES AHEAD! Includes thank you note by Don! + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $7,500USD
    Lunch with Don!

    You and a guest will be treated to lunch with Don Cheadle at Wilshire Restaurant, his favorite spot in LA! Travel and accommodation not included. + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $8,500USD
    Round of Golf w/ DON CHEADLE

    You and a guest will play a round of golf with Don Cheadle in the LA area! Travel and accommodation not included. + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $12,500USD
    Associate Producer

    You'll be listed in the credits and on IMDB as an Associate Producer of MILES AHEAD! + You and a guest will be our VIP guests at the NYC or LA premiere (travel and accommodation not included). + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $15,000USD
    Associate Producer + Set Visit

    You'll receive an ALL EXPENSES PAID visit to the set of MILES AHEAD for a day-long behind the scenes tour (Domestic flights only, Cincinnati area, date TBD: July 2014). + Everything in the "Associate Producer" pledge level! FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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  • $15,000USD
    Post-Production Day

    You'll receive an ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP to join the post production team for a day (in LA or NY, TBD), and watch the editing of MILES AHEAD in real time. You'll get to preview some footage before anyone else, and see how it all comes together. (Domestic flights only.) + MILES Hoodie! + MILES AHEAD t-shirt! + Everything in the $50 pledge level! + We'll thank you in the end credits of MILES AHEAD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $15,000USD
    Associate Producer + Set Visit

    2 MORE ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND: You'll receive an ALL EXPENSES PAID visit to the set of MILES AHEAD for a day-long behind the scenes tour (Domestic flights only, Cincinnati area, Exact date TBD: July 2014). + Everything at the Associate Producer pledge level. FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $20,000USD
    AP + Set Visit + Post Prod

    You'll receive an ALL EXPENSES PAID visit to the set of MILES AHEAD for a day-long behind the scenes tour (Domestic flights only, Cincinnati area, Exact date TBD: July 2014). + Everything at the Post-Production Day pledge level + Everything at the Associate Producer pledge level. FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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    $25,000USD
    DELUXE: AP + Set Visit + Post

    You'll receive a copy of the script of MILES AHEAD signed by every lead actor in the film and members of the Davis family. + Everything in the Associate Producer Plus Set Visit Perk (Domestic flight only, Cincinnati area, date TBD: July 2014). + Everything at the Post-Production Day Perk (In LA or NY, TBD, Domestic flight only). FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Add $15 to your pledge.

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