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Published: Monday, 3/19/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago

Local director gets film cast and crew together

BY CARL RYAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Director, writer, producer Cap Averill II, center in stripes, speaks with from left:  Laura Glover, Rae Glover, 10, and Pat Nowak, during Mantis and Moon Productions' cast party for The Society which has finished its casting and filming in Bogota. Filming in the U.S. will begin in Sylvania in May. Director, writer, producer Cap Averill II, center in stripes, speaks with from left: Laura Glover, Rae Glover, 10, and Pat Nowak, during Mantis and Moon Productions' cast party for The Society which has finished its casting and filming in Bogota. Filming in the U.S. will begin in Sylvania in May.
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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.

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“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.

Chris McCail, left, and Paul Snepp, right, speak during Mantis and Moon Productions' cast party for The Society. Chris McCail, left, and Paul Snepp, right, speak during Mantis and Moon Productions' cast party for The Society.
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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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