The Los Angeles Jewish Journal has launched a new Internet campaign aimed at persuading Woody Allen to film his next movie in Israel.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker makes one movie a year and, according to what he told The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and LA Weekly, he chooses the locations based on “where the money is.”
Within recent years, Allen has filmed in London for "Matchpoint", in Barcelona for "Vicky Christina Barcelona", in Paris for "Midnight in Paris", and most recently, in Rome for "To Rome With Love."
The Jewish Journal has therefore launched a new campaign to solicit funding for “The Woody Allen Israel Project.”
"Here’s this week’s not-so-crazy idea: Let’s all pitch in, just a few dollars each, and fund Woody Allen’s next movie — in Israel," writes Journal editor, Rob Eshman.
"($18 million) is what an Allen movie costs... That will enable Israel to enter the world's imagination in a way a billion dollars of hasbara (public relations efforts) couldn't possibly buy. All Allen asks for is funding and complete control over his project,” said Eshman. "As far as I know, Allen himself has never been to Israel. For a man who has done much to define the image of Jew in our time, this needs repair."
In an online video, Jewish actress Noa Tishby urges readers and viewers to pledge cash to the campaign.
In the video plea to Allen, Tishby says, "Don't worry, we're gonna bring you home."
In 2011, Tishby founded the non-profit organization Act For Israel, an organization for online advocacy, which seeks to correct misinformation, end demonization and stop de-legitimization.
She is a member of AIPAC and has travelled to Washington DC to lobby on Capitol Hill. Tishby is also a member of “Summit Series” organization for young entrepreneurs, The Israeli Consulate Speakers Bureau, a member of The Israeli Leadership Council and served in the IDF for two and a half years.