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Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic, set as New York Film Festival 2015 closing film

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Brian Douglas

There might still be some juice left in the summer movie season, but the next phase of the cinematic year — the festival circuit — is already gearing up, and one of the earliest significant fests, the New York Film Festival, just set a closing night spot. 

Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, Miles Ahead, a look at the life of jazz legend Miles Davis will debut as the closing film of this year’s NYFF, which runs from Sept. 25-Oct. 11. 

“I am happy that the selection committee saw fit to invite us to the dance,” Cheadle said in a statement. “It’s very gratifying that all the hard work that went into the making of this film, from every person on the team, has brought us here. Miles’ music is all-encompassing, forward-leaning, and expansive. He 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.”

Miles Ahead also stars Ewan McGregor and Emayatzy Corinealdi.

The festival previously announced Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as the festival opener.

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