DUNEDIN, Florida – It’s not every day that you hear a director shout “Cut! in Dunedin. However, the Hollywood term has become commonplace in recent weeks.
The small town in Pinellas County has become the main filming location for “A Taste of Love”, a romantic comedy about a young woman who returns home to find herself and falls in love with an old friend.
In an unlikely Hollywood move, the writers kept the city’s name for the film.
“Dunedin is the name of the town in the movie,” said Tony Armer, St. Pete / Clearwater film commissioner. “The local businesses and local restaurants that you see are the actual names of the businesses in the movie.”
“We shot at Sea Sea Riders [Restaurant], and the Wild Iris and the Fenway, ”shared producer Lincoln Lageson. “It makes it so easy for us that we don’t have to go in and try to make this city look like something else. We can embrace all that Dunedin has to offer. It has been fantastic.
Also local? The dozens of extras you’ll see.
“The movie requires a lot of background extras,” Armer said. “In fact, over 8,000 people have submitted their information to participate in the project.”
FOX 13 News met actor Jesse Kove, who plays the male lead character. He says the humidity of Florida was a nice break from the dry heat of Los Angeles.
“You know the weather has its own personality for sure. The team worked around that. Having all this rain and thunder – I like that, it’s a lot of fun for me,” Kove explained. .
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Several Hallmark-style films in the past have been shot in the Pinellas County area, most recently in 2019. Kove believes post-pandemic, these types of films are needed more than ever.
“I think it’s important that these movies come out, and people feel good knowing that we still make these movies, and that there is still love and romance,” he said. added. “And it is whether in the world of cinema or even in real life.”
The film is slated for release in early 2022.
Jesse Kove stars alongside his father, Martin Kove, who you may know from the ‘The Karate Kid’ franchise of the 1980s.
The producers say the film will likely be released on a channel like Hallmark, or a streaming service like Netflix.