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    Mantis and Moon production company, of Toledo, filming in Bogota Columbia.

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Mantis and Moon production company, of Toledo, filming in Bogota Columbia.

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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.

The shooting by Mantis and Moon, led by a Sylvania resident, began last week and continues in Bogata, Columbia. The company said it plans to do some filming this spring in Sylvania and the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce helped arrange the needed settings, including Main Street, the municipal building and courthouse, and several residences.

This is the first film to be shot in the city, officials said.

“Everybody’s excited,” said Pat Nowak, the Sylvania chamber’s executive director and public relations manger for Mantis and Moon. “People want to see it happen.”

The producer said in a statement that the movie is part romantic comedy and part legal drama.

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Hundreds of people auditioned for the film last spring and summer. The cast was selected on Jan. 18, the company said, and includes Victor Pytko, who played Merle Huss in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids. A call for extras will take place in the spring. Those interested can contact the chamber for more information at 419-882-2135.

The plan nearly a year ago was to start filming last summer. Jesus “Chuy” Delosantos, Mantis and Moon’s production coordinator at the time, said Sylvania “opened up their doors and made it easy for us.” The casting call in downtown Sylvania last year was looking for a male 35 to 45 years old and a female 25 to 35 years old, and for the characters to speak English and Spanish, preferably Colombian-accented Spanish. The script, the coordinator said, had 38 adult speaking roles.

Although some shooting will be done in Sylvania possibly using 1970s-era vehicles to drive and park on Sylvania streets to support the story’s time period, Sylvania will be part of The Society.

“The entire shoot will take place in the capital city of Bogota,” executive producer Cap Averill said in a statement. He was not available to comment Wednesday. The production is using a Red One high-definition camera.

Mr. Averill, 48, of Sylvania, attended Ohio State University and graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. He also manages Cap Averill II and Associates, Inc., a financial planning company in Toledo.

He is shooting the film with his partner, Zachary Gordon. Mr. Gordon directed the company’s first film, Out of the Shadows, in 2004. He received an award for that in the Hollywood international high-definition festival. Mantis and Moon is known for its nature documentaries, including Thunder on the Farm, photographed on the Delta property of Mr. Averill.

Mr. Averill said in a statement that two plots of the story meet in the film when two lovers struggle with social, cultural, and theological disagreements. .

He added: “It asks the pivotal questions like, what is justice to you. What would be the personal and financial cost of seeking that justice.”

This is an independent film, which he plans to send to various festivals and to the Independent Film Channel. The budget for the film was not available.

Contact Ashley Streichert at astreichert@theblade.com or 419-206-0356.

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