Cobra Kai star filming new movie in Pinellas County, and the project needs extras

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A new film titled “A Taste of Love” is now filming here in Pinellas County. The project stars Martin Kove who many will recognize as Sensei Kreese from The Karate Kid and the critically acclaimed Cobra Kai.

The film is described as a rom com about a struggling TV chef who reconnects with a childhood sweetheart while trying to save the family restaurant. St. Pete will feature in the film.

Taste of Love needs extras on set around Tampa Bay

Here’s the official summary from the production team:

A budding celebrity chef Taylor, heads back home when her father has an accident. She takes time for reflection back home with family before signing a creatively unfulfilling network show contract. With the support of her friend and manager Jessica she reconnects with her small town, family restaurant, and her first love, all while reminding herself what she really wants her career to look like.

The film is being directed by Conrad De la Torres, who is based out of Tampa, Florida.

How to get involved with the film project

If you’d like to be an extra or volunteer on set, you should email a current photo and phone number to Casting Director Karlie Loland with KLR Creative Group at Be sure to include “A TASTE OF LOVE” in the subject line. 

“A Taste of Love” will be released nationally in early 2022.

Major productions arrive in St. Petersburg

Back in 2020, Justin Long was in town with Ryan Philippe, Melanie Lynskey, and Luis Guzman for the film “Lady of the Manor.” Scenes were filmed in Jannus Live and The Rusty Pelican, in addition to several neighborhoods around the ‘Burg. 

More movie magic was made in the Tampa Bay region courtesy of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission and VISIT FLORIDA. Life’s Rewards showcases the beauty of travel and the rewarding communities it builds. 

Life’s Rewards showcases the Tampa Bay region 

“Following a uniquely challenging year for the travel industry, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is excited to embark on this new frontier of destination marketing by bringing forth compelling programming that inspires wanderlust,” said Steve Hayes, president and CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. “‘Life’s Rewards’ is an entertaining series that is both heartwarming and binge-worthy.”

The first original scripted series developed by destination marketing organizations for streaming services, the show follows the life of Dan Kinney, played by actor Sebastian Rocha as he adjusts to an unexpected shift in lifestyle and circumstance. A privileged son of a high-profile wealth manager, Dan had it easy, until he waged everything on a big gamble and lost.

This is also a good time to remind everyone that St. Pete has a brand new indie arthouse cinema, Green Light Cinema. You can browse everything the theater is screening on their website.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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