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Miles Davis movie filmed Cincinnati as New York

New movie Miles Ahead tells the story of jazz musician Miles Davis and filmed on location in Cincinnati, Ohio, doubling the city for New York.

The film takes its name from a 1957 Davis album and stars Don Cheadle, who also produced, directed and co-wrote the screenplay. 

Ohio offers a filming tax credit of 25% on non-resident wages, rising to 35% for local crew. Production support is available from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission, led by executive director Kristen Schlotman.
“Initially, what brought us to Cincinnati was financial reasons,” producer Pamela Hirsch told local media outlet WCPO Cincinnati at the film’s premiere. “Before we came to Cincinnati we were not 100% sold. Kristen [Schlotman] sold locations. We definitely found the flavour that we wanted. Cincinnati just let us focus on making our movie.”

Cincinnati is a convenient double for New York as the city has retained more of its historic architecture over the decades. Filmmaker Todd Haynes filmed his Oscar-nominated period romance Carol in the city shortly before the arrival of the Miles Ahead production team.

On the other side of Ohio, Cleveland stood in for New York for the climactic battle of the first Avengers movie. The city will also be used in the coming months for second-unit filming on the next instalment in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

For more on filming in Ohio see our production guide.

Image: Sony Pictures Classics