It’s not quite tsunami relief, but Mike Bloomberg’s Commissioner of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting, Kate Oliver, is circulating an email to raise $30,000 for her own favorite charity: sending Kate Oliver to Cannes.
“The New York Production Alliance, is asking each of its member organizations to help us raise $30,000 to defray the costs for Pat Swinney Kaufman (NYS Governor’s Office Motion Picture and Television Development) and Katherine Oliver (NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting) to travel to the Cannes Film Festival to push the ‘New York Incentive Package,’” the email reads.
They’re asking members to pledge between $500 and $2,000.
The email also quotes Oliver saying:
“Costs here are $35k –plus we have to consider staff and travel and accomodation. Wondering if we can reach out to our NY industry … vendors, suppliers,labor etc and see if there have interest in offering support. This is the year for us to promote the MADE IN NY incentive program…INTERNATIONALLY. We would appreciate your support and guidance.”
Were this administration less unimpeachably pure, some might look askance at this kind of request from the Mayor’s office.