‘Zola’: All the Tampa Bay filming sites we saw in the Florida-based film


The many corners of Tampa Bay are the backdrop of "Zola," the new film inspired by the viral Twitter thread from A’Ziah “Zola” King in 2015.

The movie is not only based on a true story that happened over an intense, wacky 48-hour period in Tampa Bay, it was also filmed here in the last months of 2018.

King, who spoke to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay ahead of the movie’s release, said she and director Janicza Bravo had the same goal in mind: to make the movie authentic to Tampa, to Florida, to 2015 and to her life at the time.

Bravo also said filming in the Tampa Bay area was essential to telling #TheStory through film.

Through roughly 90 minutes, there are about 19 recognizable Tampa Bay area landmarks. The following filming sites were featured in the film but don’t necessarily show where King’s 2015 trip took place.—Chelsea Zukowski