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Miles Ahead (2004)

Intimate look into the life of a young aspiring writer, Miles Williams as he struggles to overcome the solace of hometown in the wake of his best friend's death.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Allison ... Miles Williams
Timm Perry ... Taylor Pressley
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Joseph Williams
Hannah Pifer Hannah Pifer ... Carlyn Pressley
Melanie Murdock Melanie Murdock ... Mary Donovan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephanie Belt Stephanie Belt ... Mrs. Pressley
Elizabeth Carlton Chase ... Mrs. Davis (voice) (as Elizabeth Carlton)
Anna Goist Anna Goist ... College Friend
James Markham Hall Jr. ... College Friend (as Jamie Hall)
Dana Lee Dana Lee ... College Friend
Holly Marlowe Holly Marlowe
Jamie Rosencrans Jamie Rosencrans ... Abby Davis
Michael Zboyovski Sr. Michael Zboyovski Sr. ... Professor Thomas
Matthew R. Zboyovski Matthew R. Zboyovski ... College Friend
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Intimate look into the life of a young aspiring writer, Miles Williams as he struggles to overcome the solace of hometown in the wake of his best friend's death.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$55,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Remarkable Accomplishment!
18 October 2004 | by indianhills4everSee all my reviews

I recently saw "Miles Ahead" at the Minneapolis Central Standard Film Festival, held from October 14-17th. This is the most accomplished, heartfelt, and deeply moving independent movie I've ever seen made by a group of novice twenty-somethings. Not only does the film aim for more than the usual offbeat cute romantic comedy or the "I've graduated from college and my life sucks" kind of indie movie this age group frequently makes, "Miles Ahead" uses film as visual medium to get its message across to the viewer making it a sensory experience. While some have noted that the movie "rips off" or "imitates" Terrance Malick, I disagree. In this viewer's opinion, "Miles Ahead" uses its visual in ways found in the best work of Gus Van Sant - particularly in "Gerry" or "My Own Private Idaho"; however, unlike Van Sant, the co-directors of this film have a story/theme that resonates with honesty and emotional heartbreak. The spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains is an added bonus as well. With the movies "George Washington" and "Sinkhole" - both made of alum from the same school as the Miles Ahead team and both filmed in the same North Carolina region, one can only assume that North Carolina is now the home of the best indie regional film-making in the United States. Move over Austin - these filmmakers have REAL stories to tell, and the technical know how to make them both polished and emotional. A must see!


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