Toledo’s film industry on the rise

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TOLEDO, Ohio — For decades, the dream of making a movie was only possible in a few cities across the U.S. But since the passage of the Ohio motion picture tax credit in 2009, cities across the Buckeye state have started seeing the rise of their own film industries, and Toledo is no exception.

“What we’re trying to do is get a piece of that pie, as far as Ohio is concerned, and it’s a very small industry right now, but it’s really growing,” said Michael DeSanto, the executive director of FilmToledo, the Glass City’s Film Commission.

DeSanto says right now Toledo is a long way from competing with Hollywood – the goal is to someday compete with Dayton – but the growth he’s seeing is exciting. He says that for the first time ever, local artists have been releasing content that can compete with bigger markets.

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