Woody Allen: Will You or Won’t You?

By Jennifer Hanin, July 9, 2012

I can’t think of any pro-Israel advocate who wouldn’t love to have Woody Allen make his next film in Israel. Can you? I didn’t think so. Especially, after Allen has time and time again said there’s no good reason to leave Manhattan yet he’s made four films in London, one in Spain, one in Rome and one in Paris. Why he’s doing so many foreign films seems to be the question on everyone’s mind. Simply put, Allen told the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and even LA Weekly he makes films in England or France or Italy because that’s where the money is.

Ok. Makes perfect sense.

Now there’s a concerted global effort to bring Woody and his next film to Israel. Sponsored by the Jewish Journal, and spearheaded by Act For Israel’s Noa Tishby, “The Woody Allen Project” has set a goal to raise the money needed to fund Allen’s next film. Why? Noa Tishby, in a video in which she speaks straight to Woody, tells us “You do a film each year. You’ve filmed in Barcelona, in Rome, in London, in Paris. You said, and I quote:

“Countries come and invite me to make movies. What happens in Europe, in South America, in China, in Russia — all these countries call and say, ‘Would you make a movie here if we finance it?”’

Tishby states she knows Woody has never stepped foot in Israel and she’s more than willing to pay to find out what Woody thinks of Israel and in particular Jerusalem.

Allen’s initial turn to foreign production was Match Point (2005). While the film was first slated to film in Long Island and Palm Beach, England offered to finance it if he shot it in London.

Much can be said for the award-winning Vicky Christina Barcelona. The film was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, including nominations for Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Cruz in the Actor, Actress and Supporting Actress categories, and won the award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Cruz won both the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Actress in a Supporting Role. Afterwards, the film put Barcelona on the map as a must-see tourist destination. It also sparked the romance and marriage of Cruz and Bardem. In other words, it was a huge success on all fronts. Speaking of that, Allen’s Midnight in Paris did so well that it’s now the title of an Air France tourist brochure.

So what would it take to get Allen to Israel? The bottom-line cost for an Allen film is $18 million. All he asks is to have the moola in hand and complete control of the film. Imagine what this would do for Israel?

Join Act For Israel’s Noa Tishby and the Jewish Journal to make this happen. So far, pledges are coming in steadily and there is $5907 at the time of this post. But time is running out. We have only 45 days left and we’re counting on you to help us help Israel.

With your help, we can finance Woody Allen’s next film in Israel. Please visit our Action Alert HERE and contribute and pass it to all your family and friends.

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