Monday, February 22, 2016

Miles on Monday: Miles Ahead screened at Berlin International Film Festival, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* Don Cheadle's film Miles Ahead was screened last week at the Berlin International Film Festival, and the actor/director gave a press conference to promote it, resulting in a story from Variety focusing on his experience as a first-time director, and one from Reuters about how the film is meant to to show Davis' "full legacy".

Cheadle (pictured) also was quoted in Deadline and several other publications talking about how he couldn't get the movie financed without hiring a white actor to co-star. Those stories apparently caused enough comment and controversy that the actor/director then felt the need over this past weekend to issue a public follow-up statement clarifying his earlier remarks.

* A panel titled "Remembering Miles Davis" was held on Valentine's Day as part of the 24th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

* Davis' final recording sessions for Prestige Records in the mid-1950s are the subject of the latest "Listening to Prestige" post from writer Tad Richards.

* From the "Miles Davis as visual icon" files, a blog post last week on the site of radio station KCRW compared three versions of the cover for Davis' album Miles Ahead; the blog Jazz In Photo showcased two photos of Davis and then-wife Betty Davis in 1969; and the automotive blog The Drive fantasized about the cover of a Davis album that never was as part of "Great Engines Reimagined As Jazz Albums".

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