biopic / business / Music

A Miles Davis Fever Dream: DP Roberto Schaefer on Miles Ahead

Like many aspiring filmmakers, cinematographer Roberto Schaefer spent his youth fermenting his imagination by creating his own backyard epics. But unlike your typical kid – who concentrates on, depending on the era, recreating Harryhausen or Spielberg or maybe just blowing up G.I. Joes with M-80s on camera – Schaefer crafted abstract, experimental 8mm films. “I … Continue reading

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The Miles Davis Movie: Better as A Documentary Film?

I read an article in Variety about the difficult marketplace for music documentaries. We’ve definitely come a long way from the Oscar-winning “Woodstock” and other classic, music docs like (the awesome) “The Last Waltz” and (equally great) “Stop Making Sense” — there have been plenty of good music films over the years, but the market … Continue reading

babble / biopic / business / don cheadle

Don Cheadle inks TV production deal; ‘Miles Davis’ the TV series sounds like a great idea!

Don Cheadle is looking to broaden his creative endeavors by dipping a toe into the TV ‘biz. The talented actor and star of the one-day-it-will-be-here biopic of Miles Davis signed a two-year deal at Universal Media Studios. Under the pact, announced Thursday during NBC’s portion of the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, Cheadle’s Crescendo … Continue reading

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The Miles Davis Movie: Next year (or the next) at Sundance?

The bacchanal of independent cinema, Hollywood business and celebrity worship known as the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in idyllic Park City (at least when the town isn’t overrun by the festival). It’s another year loaded with buzz-worthy indie flicks and sleeper titles all vying for that lucrative distribution deal. So as the curtain … Continue reading