Don Cheadle offers Reds baseball, private screening in funding effort for 'Miles Ahead'

CINCINNATI -- Don Cheadle is banking on the draw of Cincinnati to help fund a part of his Miles Davis biopic, “Miles Ahead.”

Cheadle and the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Film Commission announced in May that the Academy Award nominated actor would do all primary shooting for the movie in Cincinnati.

As part of his campaign to raise funds for the project Cheadle will direct, the Hotel Rwanda actor posted on Indiegogo trying to raise $325,000 by July 10 for primary photography costs.

One of the rewards for donating to Cheadle’s crowd source funding is the baseball he threw out during a recent Cincinnati Reds home game.

The ball, signed by Cheadle and Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, will go to one film supporter who donates $300 to the movie project.

In addition to the baseball, 100 people who donate $100 to the project will win a chance to screen “Miles Ahead” with Cheadle in Cincinnati. The screening is in partnership with the Esquire Theater group.

Filming on “Miles Ahead” is set to begin in Cincinnati in July. The screening of the movie in Cincinnati is expected to take place sometime in 2015.

Ewan McGregor is also set to star in the film.

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