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Out of the Shadows

Festival Entry - Toledo Blade

Published 12/10/2005

A Delta, Ohio-based independent motion picture company, Mantis and Moon, has had its high definition video film accepted to the Hollywood DV (Digital Video) Festival.

The 72-minute narrative, titled Out of the Shadows, about how two friends deal differently with their failed marriages and with single life after divorce, is scheduled to screen at 12:30 p.m. today at the Los Angeles festival. Awards will be handed out tomorrow. The Hollywood DV Festival was formed in 2003 to promote works shot only in digital and high definition.

William Graver, a Bowling Green State University student studying visual communication technology, who helped edit the film, said Mantis and Moon have also submitted the digital video movie to about 100 other festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival.

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Toledo filmmaker to present double feature - Toledo Blade

Written By: Christopher Borrelli on 6/7/2007

Carleton Averill is brave.

He is 44, he lives in Toledo, he works days as a financial planner, and he is currently in pre-production on his third film, which he plans to send to Sundance, and which will be titled:

Nothing Happened.

But oh yes, something does happen, he explains. Something apocalyptic, in fact. The government collapses, not due to an asteroid or terrorist plot, but fiscal mismanagement. There s a rush on the market, and bonds are downrated, and there isn t a real event so much that happens, just a culmination of things, so the media tells people to stay at home and expect power outages. And there s more but, well, it sounds like quite the long story.

Anyway, that s on the burner.

To check out what this Toledo filmmaker has already shot, right under your noses, in your backyard (while you were at work, probably), head to the Maumee Indoor Theatre tomorrow night for a Carleton double feature. Billed as an evening of Mantis and Moon Productions named for the production house Averill started with filmmaker Will Graver, 25 the program features his first movie, Out of the Shadows, and his experimental documentary, Thunder on the Farm. Shadows, he says, is about a pessimist and an optimist, both going through divorce; the pessimist has a bad time and the optimist stays optimistic, so his aspirations come to fruition. Farm, he explains, is about summer s progress, seen through the eyes of a farm.

Both pictures were shot on hi-def video, with a cast and crew entirely gathered from the Toledo area. And Mantis and Moon Productions wants it to stay that way. Graver, who started as Averill s intern and graduated to vice president of the two-person company, said they operate a bit like summer regional theater. There s a lot of people around here who want to be part of a production and they will volunteer just to be a part. I understand. I m like that. I m in Ohio, and I have a job working on movies, and that s about the best thing I can do at this point.

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Mantis and Moon in The Blade

Article by Kirk Baird on 3/12/2011

"Dumb luck." That, said Cap Averill II, has as much as anything to do with his success as a Toledo filmmaker.

Averill, 48, is the owner and president of Mantis & Moon, one of the area’s more successful independent film companies.

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a focus on still photography, Averill co-wrote a screenplay with a friend about their ongoing divorces, leading to an unexpected career making movies.

The two collaborated on the film Out of the Shadows, which was shot in northwest Ohio in 2003-04 with a local cast and crew and submitted to three film festivals, including one in Hollywood where it won Best Full-Length Motion Picture Narrative."

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Toledo Blade 3-13-2011

Mantis and Moon on Fox Toledo

Segment about Out of the Shadows on 5/10/2007


Out of the Shadows in the Toledo City Paper

Article by Jason Webber June 2007

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Cap Averill II At The Hollywood International HD Film Festival

 

Mantis and Moon to closes out the May Movies on Adams St - Toledo City Paper

May 2011

Mantis and moon closed out the Adams Street May film series. We screened “Out of the Shadows”, at The Attic, in downtown Toledo.It seemed like everyone there had a good time. It was an intimate setting, and we’d like to thank the auditioners that made it out. We are amassing an incredible troop of dedicated and talented folks and we appreciate their support of our films. Thanks to Scott Recker at Toledo City Paper for coming out and helping put the May series together.

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Thunder on the Mountain

 

Sylvania Film Company Gets OK For
Movies To Show On PBS - Our Town Sylvania

Written on 12/31/2012

"Two movies by Mantis and Moon film production company, owned by Cap Averill II of Sylvania, have been approved for national distribution on Public Broadcasting Stations.

The approval, by the National Educational Telecommunications Association, is for association members, such as numerous PBS stations throughout the country. That means the movies will play to a wider audience.

Approved for Mantis and Moon were Thunder on the Mountain in the Thunder Series, as well as the documentary Wants and Needs. The original Thunder Series project, Thunder on the Farm, was resubmitted after a previous run and was also accepted.

The Mantis and Moon's Thunder Series depicts the symbiotic balance between man and the environment. Wants and Needs is about a five-year study on cyclical recession and depressions.

The National Educational Telecommunications Association serves public television licensees and educational entities across the country. WGTE-TV’s Darren LaShelle was supportive of the approval of the local movies."

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Mantis and Moon in the Sylvania Herald

Article by Pat Nowak on 12/8/2010

"The second film of the internationally award-winning Ohio based Film Company, Mantis and Moon High Definition Moving Pictures and Sound, is “Thunder Series – Thunder on the Mountain.” The film, which is in release to film festivals around the country, gained honorable recognition from The Montana Cine International Film Festival. The local film company’s film received two honorable mention awards for “Use of natural sound” and “Creative approach” for its first submission. Mantis and Moon has yet to release a project that has not won or been recognized by an international festival."

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Sylvania Herald December 10th, 2010
   

Local productions accepted for national distribution - Sylvania Advantage

Published on 01/01/2013

Two of local filmmaker Mantis and Moon's projects have been accepted for national distribution.

The documentary titled "Wants and Needs" focuses on cyclical generational recession and depressions. It also focuses on debt and the accumuliation of debt and how that will affect future generations.

"Thunder on the Mountain," a celebration of the beauty of the Americas, passing over the mountains of Central America and falling into the Pacific and everything that happens in between, including a major thunderstorm at midday. It is similar in format to "Thunder on the Farm," which was shot in Delta, Ohio, and received national distribution from public television, as well as one international award and honorable mention from Rural Route's Film Festival and the International Wildlife Film Festival.

So far, "Thunder on the Mountain" has also won honorable mention from the International Wildlife Film Festival in addition to being accepted by NETA for national distribution on public television.

"This is the first time that we have received national distribution for a financial documentary. Thanks to Sylvania Folks Jeff Stansley, Pat Nowak and many other people who participated in interviews at Chandler Cafe in Sylvania," noted Kyle Wisniewski, a Sylvania native and part of the Mantis and Moon team. He worked on the projects, which were shot and developed over a six-year period.

"We have two other nature documentaries which are nationally distributed for PBS. This is very exciting for all of us," Wisniewski added.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have three different programs now appearing on television nationally,” he said.

“Much thanks to our friend Darren Lashelle at WGTE television. Darren actually discovered us, after our full-length motion picture, ‘Out of the Shadows,’ won the Hollywood International High Definition Festival in 2005,” he pointed out.

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Wants and Needs

Local documentary explores recession - Toledo Blade

Article by Kirk Baird on 5/26/2012

In this presidential election season, there's a lot of finger pointing about the cause of our current economic mess.

Wants and Needs, a new documentary co-production between WGTE-TV, Channel 30, and Mantis and Moon Moving Pictures and Sound, a Toledo film production company, makes a strong case that we, the general public, are as much to blame for the ongoing fiscal crisis as those in Washington or Wall Street.

Premiering at 4 p.m. Sunday on WGTE (PBS), Wants and Needs says economic booms and busts are cyclical patterns that can be traced as far back as hundreds of years ago in Holland.

More relevant to our times, the documentary explores the three biggest monetary crises in our nation's history, beginning with the first Great Depression (later renamed the Long Depression) that ran from 1873 through 1896, then in the 1930s with the Great Depression, and now our own Great Recession.

The cyclical nature of these feast-famine periods goes something like this: a generation only beginning to enjoy a mass of wealth and prosperity experiences a sudden and perilous financial free fall that causes widespread economic strife. Almost overnight, a wide group of social tiers is transformed from those who want to those who need. This sobering change in circumstance and outlook has a lifetime of repercussions, including how the Needs Generation in turn raises their families.

Not wanting their children to go without as they did, the Needs Generation focuses on the wants of their sons and daughters in addition to the Needs, and a generation of Wants is created. The spending and spoiling continues through three generational cycles -- in modern times, the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y -- until past fiscal lessons are lost or forgotten, the inflated bubble of prosperity pops again, and the cycle is repeated.

One of the bigger culprits in this cycle is the Needs Generation, who are unwilling to recollect and/or share their lifetime of strife and hardscrabble existence with the Wants Generations that follow.

This is an oversimplification of the documentary's methodical, almost textbook presentation of its message, but the point is made.

Wants and Needs is co-hosted by Gordon Ward and Cap Averill II. Averill spent six years making the documentary, which is not a political-minded film, rather, as Ward says, it's to examine "the effects that generations have on cyclical recessions or depressions."

Other than news channel sound bites of political and financial leaders, the film almost exclusively features local commentary, including Kevin Quinn, an economics professor at Bowling Green State University, Gary Leitzell, the independent mayor of Dayton, and Donna Counts, who, in 2006 at the age of 88, foresaw the economic collapse a year before it happened based, one surmises, on her experiences living through the Great Depression.

"We're going to be in a real fix one of these days," she says during her film interview. "I don't know if I feel sorry for the younger ones. In some ways I do and in some ways I don't. But someday there's going to be a rude awakening and it's going to be in my lifetime, and I firmly believe that."

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Mantis and Moon shoot parts of film at Wingate Hotel - Toledo Blade

Published on 2/1/2013

"Sylvania's Wingate Hotel was the scene of filming on today for a locally produced movie, The Society.

Mantis and Moon’s production, a movie produced by Sylvania resident Cap Averill II, is set is Bogota, Columbia, where much of the filming has been completed. Production of the movie began in 2006.

With help from the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, part of the film has been shot in Sylvania. Some footage already has been shot on Main Street, at the municipal building, several residences, and the Sylvania Court House.

The Society, Mr. Averill has said, is part romantic comedy and part legal drama and is set in the 1970s.

Several hundred people auditioned six months ago and the movie has been filming since last August. A cast of 40-50 principals will be used and another call for extras will take place before more filming commences.

He is shooting the film with his partner, Zachary Gordon. Mr. Gordon [was director of photography of] the company’s first film, Out of the Shadows, in 2004."

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Rehearsals to start in March in Sylvania
for 'The Society' movie - Toledo Blade

Published on 3/19/2012

Mantis and Moon Productions has finished casting and its filming in Bogata, Columbia for The Society, and rehearsals will begin this month in Sylvania.

The scenes will be used but the movie will not indicate the northwest Ohio city is part of the film's story. The filming is expected to use 1970s-era vehicles to drive and park on Sylvania streets to support the story’s time period. The movie is part romantic comedy and part legal drama.

The movie, the first to be shot in the city, is being produced Sylvania resident Cap Averill, owner of Mantis and Moon. He also manages Cap Averill II and Associates, Inc., an insurance company in Toledo.

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Auditions Set For Sylvania Movie - Toledo Blade

Article by David Patch, published on 4/6/2011

A Toledo movie production company plans to shoot a feature film in Sylvania this summer and fall -- if it can find the right people to play the leading roles.

To that end, Mantis and Moon Moving Pictures and Sound will hold casting auditions next week in search of candidates for several dozen speaking roles in its legal drama/love story that is to include extended scenes at the Sylvania Police Department and Sylvania Municipal Court.

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Local Director Gets Film Cast and Crew Together - Toledo Blade

Article by Carl Ryan, Published on 3/19/2012

Amid the clink of wine glasses Monday evening in Chandler Cafe in downtown Sylvania, the talk was of movies, and especially of one called The Society, which is scheduled to start shooting scenes on Main Street in late May.

Director and screenwriter Cap Averill II held a reception for his cast so they could meet and get to know each other. It also was an opportunity to recruit extras.

“This is the first time the entire cast and crew got together,” he explained.

Mr. Averill, 49, lives in Delta but grew up in Sylvania, where he graduated from Northview High School.

He described his movie as part romance and part legal drama. The romance was based on his own life with his wife, Jenny, who is from Colombia, he said. Filming was done in the country’s capital of Bogota with the cooperation of that country’s military and film commission.

Mr. Averill plans to show the movie to film festivals around the nation.

Cast member Mike Roberts said he plays a character named Jeff, but he hadn’t yet read the script. Still, he wasn’t worried. He said he has acted before. He lives in Bryan and is a project manager for a fabrication shop in Indiana.

Valerie Lucio and Anna Maria Ponce, both of Toledo, said they were cast as jurors.

Neither of them has acted before. They had not read the script either, and weren’t sure if they had speaking parts. Ms. Lucio is a retired postal worker and Ms. Ponce is employed by Buckeye CableSystem, which is owned by The Blade’s parent company.

Mr. Averill’s day job is financial planner. Movie making is an avocation. He said his film will cost less than $100,000, and is not expected to break even. Funding has been raised from donors.

To the donors, “I kept saying ‘we’re not going to make any money, we’re not going to make any money.’ And did I say ‘we’re not going to make any money?’”

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Movie shooting in Sylvania - Our Town Sylvania

Article by Ashley Streichert, Published on 1/25/2012

"It’s been a couple of years in the making and nearly a year since it had a casting call in Sylvania, but in March a film called The Society by a Toledo movie production company will be shooting in Sylvania."

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WTOL Covers Filming in Sylvania

Aired on 9/9/2012

WTOL covered the filming beginning in Sylvania, Ohio. Check out the video below.


Movie shot in Sylvania set for Dec. showings - Toledo Blade

Written by: Jennifer Gersten, published on 07/08/2014

For Sylvania’s first film, it’s nearly a wrap.

After three years of filming mostly in Bogota, Colombia and some in Sylvania, The Society, directed by local filmmaker Cap Averill II, concluded filming last year and is in the midst of post-production.

The romance/legal drama, a $250,000 independent project of Mr. Averill’s company Mantis and Moon Productions and shot with partner Zachary Gordon, is set for release in about December.

“This is the part where we’re finished and taking a step back to look at the finished product,” said the Sylvania resident, who also runs a Toledo investment firm. “We’re at the fun part, with all the hard work behind us.”

Aside from planning the cast party to be held in the upcoming months, Mr. Averill said, the next tasks for his team include devising a way to smoothly juxtapose the scenes in Bogota with those shot in Sylvania. Mr. Averill, along with musicians from the Toledo School of the Arts, has begun work on the soundtrack, comprised of both American and traditional Colombian themes.

Mr. Averill, who attended school in Sylvania, said his personal ties to the city and its Midwestern feel made the city a natural choice. He praised Sylvania as an easy place to work, and cited old friends, the police, and Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce for enabling the project to take place.

About 150 to 200 people worked on the film, not including extras, at least 15 of whom were from Sylvania. Some filming was done in Sylvania, including at the Wingate Hotel.

Mr. Averill said the initial production of the movie started in 2006, he had a casting call in Sylvania in 2011, and he began filming in Bogota in 2012.

Unsure of whether the story would be more a romance or a legal drama, Mr. Averill chose to film it as both, shooting scenes from both perspectives to give himself room to experiment. While reviewing the shots, he decided the plot worked best as a mix of both styles.

The movie is set in the 1970s and, Mr. Averill previously said, is about two lovers who struggle with social, cultural, and theological disagreements.

The film industry tends to reinforce negative stereotypes of Colombia as a dark haven for drug trafficking and other illicit behavior, Mr. Averill said, which he hopes his film can help to overturn.

“In our movie, the typical machine guns and cocaine will be conspicuous by their absence,” he said. “We’re showing the country as it is, not as how it’s portrayed by Hollywood.”

The film represents a number of firsts for Mr. Averill, he said, including his first motion picture since founding Mantis and Moon ion Toledo and the first to be shot in ultra-high definition. Following its release, he hopes to submit it to independent festivals.

Other projects for Mantis and Moon, he said, have included the nationally acclaimed Thunder documentaries. Thunder on the Mountain, one of three in the nature-focused series, was recently selected by the National Education Television Association for countrywide PBS stations.

Although The Society is fictional, Mr. Averill said, the romance is based on how he and his Colombian wife met. His “secret intention,” he said, is for the film to be a lasting record of their relationship for his son.

“He’s just three, but one day I have that to look forward to,” he said.

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Sylvania To Be Scene Of A New Movie, "The Society" - Sylvania Advantage

Published May 2011

Cap had a great interview with Sharon Lang of the Sylvania Advantage, who wrote an article on the company that has recently run in the Sylvania Advantage paper. After running through the list of all that's happening with M&M, it is hard not to feel the excitement and energy building.

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Film production takes place at Wingate
by Wyndham Hotel - Sylvania Advantage

Published on 2/2/2013

"Movie director Cap Averill and his Mantis & Moon crew spent a snowy Saturday shooting scenes for his current film “The Society” at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel on Main Street in Sylvania. “The people have been very nice at Wingate,” commented Mr. Averill, a Sylvania native. “Unfortunately, with the weather we were tracking in snow and mud with all of our heavy equipment. We offered to take care of it but they took care of everything, and they also supplied the food we needed for props.” The movie crew spent about 4 hours on board room and meeting scenes. “It was nice having them here,” said Wingate sales manager Allison Stout. “It seemed just like any other real meeting that takes place here.” The next time film production takes place in Sylvania will be March, at the courthouse and the Chamber of Commerce.

Included in the Wingate scenes were Victor Pytko, Charles Naccarato, David Hancock, Ralph Meyer, Richard Hingst, Anita Farrar, Dr. Paul Rega, Morris Sullivan, Mari Stewart, Linda Goodwin, Phillip McDermott, Ronald Bradley, and Horst Wudi.

With help from Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce the drama is being filmed in several areas of Sylvania, on Main Street, at the municipal building, several residences and the Sylvania Court House. Several hundred people auditioned six months ago and the movie has been filming since last August. A cast of 40-50 principals will be used and a call for extras will take place before the film commences.

Mantis and Moon President Cap Averill states “The Society, is one part international romantic comedy and one part “keep it real” legal drama. “The Society” asks the pivotal questions – What is justice to you? What would be the personal and financial cost of seeking that justice? Would those costs outweigh the benefit in the end? More importantly what are the real chances of winning?"

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It's Movie Time in Downtown Sylvania - Sylvania Advantage

Article by: Amanda Swanson, September 2012

"We're going to try to get a sweeping shot for the aesthetics, to contrast against Botota, Colombia. That's quite a contrast," said local film director Cap Averill II on Sept. 9 as he prepared to travel in a crane down Main Street shooting film footage.

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The Society cast and crew celebrate at Chandler Cafe - Sylvania Advantage

Article by Mary Helen Darah, Published April 2012

The cast for the movie, "The Society" has been selected. To celebrate, a cast party was held at Chandler Cafe on March 19th. Accord to Cap Averill, II, of Mantis and Moon Moving Pictures and Sound principal, writer, director and producer, shooting for the movie will begin in May.

The Script calls for scenes at the Sylvania Police Station and Sylvania Municipal Court.

Mr. Averill, along with Kyle Wisniewski, will also help edit the film. Steve Cox and Chuy DeLosSantos are full-time members of the Mantis and Moon team.,/p>

WTOL Covers The Society

Article By Erin Kelly, published on 1/24/2012

The city of Sylvania has been chosen as the shooting location for an independent film.

The film The Society will begin rehearsals in Sylvania in early March. Filmmakers have already begun to shoot the movie in Bogota, Columbia, and will be heading to northwest Ohio after that.

The "small town appeal" of Main Street, the Municipal Building, and several homes is a draw to these and many other movie makers.

"I definitely think there's a lot of potential for small towns. I mean, a lot of movies now have vintage shots or need that smaller community where they can move effortlessly." says Pat Nowak of the Chamber of Commerce.

The Sylvania Chamber of Commerce says that this is the first major production that has ever taken place in the city. Nowak says the town is very excited about the project.

Maumee has also heard from a few production companies, but nothing has been serious yet.

The historic Maumee Theater was used for a documentary on Current TV. Maumee City Administrator John Jezak told WTOL about that project:

"They chose the Maumee Indoor Theatre out of all the theaters in all the 50 states, and they spent about 3000 dollars to go ahead and film it."

Jezak says that small town governments are accommodating to movies, and only charge companies for things like shutting down roads or using police. He says the American small town will always have a traditional appeal.

The company has finished casting the film's leads, but there will be a call for extras. There is no release date set for The Society, either.

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Mantis and Moon heads to Colombia

Published on 1/16/2012

Filming begins this week for Mantis and Moon’s newest feature “The Society”. The film is aimed for the festival circuits, and will be submitted to IFC.

The first part of the film is being shot in Bogota Colombia. Mantis and Moon has received special permission from the Colombian film Commission to film on Colombian territories.

The permission received by Mantis and Moon is for filming between the 20th and the 30th of January.

“The entire shoot will take place in the capital city of Bogota, a city of 12 million people at 9,000 feet of altitude, in the Andes. We are excited to be one of the first Independent film companies in the world, to shoot Bogota on “Red Cam”

Casting for the North American Scenes is finished, and rehearsals are to begin in March. With the help of Pat Nowak we are finishing up the location scouting for the Sylvania/North West Ohio shoots.

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The Society Premiere: Cap Averill II & Kyle Wisniewski
Interviewed By 13Abc's Rebecca Regnier

Aired 10/4/2015



 

Fox Toledo At The Society Auditions

Fox Toledo came out to our 4/12/2011 audition.



The Society Auditions Interview

Aired 4/11/2011

Mantis and Moon CEO, Cap Averill II, appeared on Fox Toledo on the 10pm news to talk about the auditions for our upcoming full length motion picture, "The Society".



‘The Society’ to be shown at special screening - Sylvania Advantage

Published on 9/22/2015

Northwest Ohio resident and movie producer Cap Averill of Mantis and Moon will unveil his new movie, “The Society,” for the cast, crew, supporters and media on Oct. 3. The movie, based on a true story, will be shown at The Ohio Theater, 3112 Lagrange St., Toledo. After the unveiling, “The Society” will be entered into the film festival circuit. Though ticket fees for the movie will not be charged, donations for Growing Hopes Farms, which is a not-for-profit entity designed to assist autistic people in having complete, well-adjusted and happy lives, will be accepted.

“The Society” is a love story, initially revealing the back story of Greg, a resident of Sylvania, Ohio, who meets an attorney from Bogota, Colombia, online. The movie follows their relationship from falling in love to going through the trials and tribulations of getting a United States visa.

This love story quickly turns into a legal drama about how greedy management can take advantage of people and misuse their power. “The Society” explores how these wrongdoings can have a ripple effect, touching the lives of many while affecting them in an impermeable way. The significant theme is how wrongdoing pushes people to the brink with destruction and dissension occurring between honest friends. The movie is pragmatic but not without hope; it is as much about the triumph as it is about overcoming the process.

The film was written between 2006 and 2012.It was shot partly in Bogotá, Columbia, working with the Colombian film Commission and with the help of Colombian Special Forces.

The United States scenes were shot in Sylvania, Wauseon and Toledo, Ohio. The city of Sylvania and Mayor Craig Stough graciously opened up the town for the movie and Sylvania Police Officer Justin Music assisted in the making of the film.

Laura Glover and The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated the use of several Sylvania locations including the Administration Building, The Flower Hospital, Wingate Hotel and the Chamber offices as well as cranes in the streets of Sylvania used to shoot sweeping shots of the city. In addition, local Sylvania resident Kyle Wisniewski was the assistant director for production and post production.

pp>Northwest Ohio local residents were cast in roles as extras, many with speaking parts in the drama. The Honorable James E. Barber, a Fulton County Judge, has his acting debut in the film. He portrays the Judge in the epic courtroom battle between Greg Hill, Jr., and The Society. Judge Barber was also instrumental in securing permission for Mantis and Moon to shoot the courtroom scenes in the historic courthouse in Wauseon, Ohio. The courthouse was a character in and of itself with its rich history and was a notable addition to the film.

The scoring was done under the direction of noted composer Pierre O’Reilly. His path to a music career has been far from straightforward. He served as 3rd and 2nd Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy for four years where he met Averill on a Mediterranean cruise. They kept in touch and much later a score was born for the film.

After leaving the Navy, O’Reilly decided to pursue his passion of music. A graduate of the Royal College of Music and currently based in London, Pierre is a composer and producer, specializing in music for screen. In 2013, he was the recipient of The Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal.

His career to date has seen him collaborate with Academy Award-nominated director Nicky Phelan and BAFTA-nominated director Eamonn O’Neill. Pierre has worked as arranger/orchestrator on the production of ‘Titanic LIVE’, which premiered at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2015.

This is the second collaboration on a full motion picture between Averill and Zachary Gordon, who acted as cinematographer. Their first movie, entitled “Out Of the Shadows,” won the Hollywood International High Definition Award for the best full length motion picture of the festival in 2005. The seven-day festival, held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, awarded Averill and his co-writer Kim Kalouria the highest honor out of 1,100 films.

Mantis and Moon also has three documentaries in the “Thunder Series” nationally televised on Public Television and distributed by the National Educational Television Association, and their most recent, a financial documentary called “Wants and Needs.”

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Local Producer Cap Averill Unveils The Society - Mature Living

Written by Pat Nowak, Published November 2015

Northwest Ohio resident and movie producer Cap Averill – Mantis and Moon unveiled his new movie “The Society” for the cast, crew, supporters and media at The Ohio Theater. Based on a true story, the film will now be entered into the film festival circuit with hopes of scoring big with judges.

This is the second collaboration on a full motion picture between Averill and Zachary Gordon, who acted as cinematographer. Their first movie entitled “Out Of the Shadows” won a Hollywood International High Definition Award for the best full length motion picture in 2005.

The plot follows a resident of Sylvania, Ohio who meets an attorney from Bogota, Colombia online. The movie follows their relationship from falling in love to going through the trials and tribulations of establishing a household together in America.

This love story quickly turns into a legal drama about how greedy management can take advantage of people and misuse their power. “The Society” explores how these wrongdoings can have a ripple effect, touching the lives of many while. The significant theme is how wrongdoing pushes people to the brink with destruction and dissension occurring between honest friends; it is pragmatic but not without hope.

He worked with the Colombian Film Commission to be allowed to film in Bogotá using Colombian Special Forces. Working in Columbia was enjoyable says Averill, adding “what we know of Columbia is really not what is going on; it is a beautiful country.”

Shooting Locally

The United State scenes were shot in Sylvania, Wauseon and Toledo, Ohio. Averill approached the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce for assistance and the organization saw the benefits of showing their community to the film festival circuit. Sylvania Police assisted in the making of the film – handling the logistics of getting the film equipment down the city’s street.

Auditions were held and many NW Ohio local residents were cast in roles as extras; many with speaking parts in the drama. The Honorable James E. Barber, Fulton County Common Pleas Court Judge has his acting debut in the film. He portrays the Judge in the epic courtroom battle between Greg Hill Jr and The Society.

Making Music

The scoring was done under the direction of noted composer Pierre O’Reilly. His path to a music career has been far from straightforward. He served as 3rd and 2nd Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy for 4 years where he met Averill on a Mediterranean cruise – they kept in touch and much later a score was born for the film.

Mantis and Moon also has three documentaries in the “Thunder Series” nationally televised on Public Television and distributed by the National Educational Television Association as well as the studio’s most recent work, a financial documentary “Wants and Needs.”

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Press Release - Mantis and Moon's Documentary "Wants and Needs" Now Available To Public Television Stations Nationally; Nature Documentary "Thunder on The Lake" Also Accepted for National Distribution

"Wants and Needs," a documentary co-production between WGTE Public Media in Toledo, Ohio and Mantis and Moon Moving Pictures and Sound will be distributed by the National Education Television Association (NETA) for public television and has been made available to over 250 local public television stations nationally.

Furthermore, Mantis and Moon's third entry in their award winning, nationally distributed "Thunder Series" entitled "Thunder on The Lake" has recently been accepted by NETA for national distribution.

Co-hosted by Gordon Ward and Cap Averill II in Toledo, Ohio, Wants and Needs took over six years to create, and the series is based on the premise that certain cyclical economic trends are actually cause and effect, not coincidental.

"Wants and Needs" used interviews, coordinated by Laura Nowak-Glover from the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, of the general public, economics professors and politicians in order to offer forth a proof that recessions and depressions are generationally driven and have been part of free market economies for hundreds of years.

So with this premise in mind, Mantis and Moon interviewed people from the greatest generation regarding their experiences, memories, and intuition for the economy BEFORE the economic downturn of 2008, then continued compiling interview and political footage throughout the downturn and the resultant governmental actions which happened thereafter.

"Wants and Needs" is not politically driven. The project is socio-economically driven studying only the generational causes of cyclical economic downturn, as opposed to the political finger pointing which is so prevalent these days.

In addition, as opposed to simply reiterating data regarding the issues and abuses which lead to economic downturn, "Wants and Needs" attempts to offer forth solutions for future generations.

Mantis and Moon is also the creator of "Thunder on The Farm" and "Thunder on The Mountain", which were also distributed for public television by NETA. Together with "Thunder on The Lake" which has also recently been accepted for national distribution, make up Mantis and Moon's "Thunder Series." "Wants and Needs" marks the third project Mantis and Moon has had distributed to public television through NETA.

Local press articles about Wants and Needs:

Toledo Freepress:

http://www.toledofreepress.com/2012/05/24/documentary-explores-link-between-economy-generational-differences/

Toledo Blade:

http://www.toledoblade.com/TV-Radio/2012/05/26/Local-documentary-explores-recession.html

Cleveland.com:

http://www.cleveland.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/local-documentary-explores-recession/49c422b9dd8c57ce03c4678783dc06ba

 NETA has approved Wants and Needs, Thunder on the Farm
and Thunder on the Mountain for seeding

Mantis and Moon is excited to announce that several of our titles have been approved for national distribution through NETA!

NETA, or the National Educational Telecommunications Association:

The National Educational Telecommunications Association is a professional association
that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. We connect people and ideas, by providing quality programming,
educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation.

Our second entry in the Thunder Series, Thunder on the Mountain as well as our documentary, Wants and Needs were approved for distribution through NETA. Our original Thunder Series project, Thunder on the Farm, was resubmitted after a previous run and was also accepted. What does this mean? It means that NETA members, such as numerous PBS stations throughout the country, will have access to play our documentaries and they will be available to a wider audience.