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Vanessa Teemsma

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Vanessa Teemsma
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Born (1984-12-20) 20 December 1984 (age 35)
San Diego, California, United States
🏡 ResidenceCalifornia, United States
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma mater
  • Patrick Henry High School (California),
  • Grossmont College, San Diego
💼 Occupation
Actress[1][2], Producer, Storyteller
📆 Years active  2012 – present
👴 👵 Parent(s)
  • Donald Teemsma (Father)
  • Melissa Teemsma (Mother)

Vanessa Teemsma is an American actress,[3] producer and storyteller, known for The American King-As told by an African Priestess, Unexpected Guests, and Road to Redemption.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Vanessa Teemsma was born and raised in San Diego, California, she attended the Patrick Henry High School and Grossmont College, San Diego before moving to San Francisco where she worked in the tech industry, before eventually moving to Los Angeles, where she set out to pursue her passion for storytelling. Vanessa is the daughter of Donald Teemsma a business owner who runs a company founded by her grandfather in 1960. She is the oldest of 5 kids, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Career[edit]

It didn’t take long before she was able to debut in the entertainment industry producing her first film, Road to Redemption which tackles the issue of early marriage. The film, which was written and directed by Jeta Amata charted the story of an American doctor who finds herself in a remote village in Africa where women have to deal with issues relating to child birth which lead to the fistula problem. The film starred artistes like Akon, Academy Award Nominee, Margaret Avery, Viva Bianca, Brenda Strong, Ray Wise, Yvonne Nelson, and Fred Amata.

Vanessa had also wrapped production on The American King[5] another collaboration between Akon, Jeta Amata[6] and herself. The American King is a comedy that highlights stereotypes of Africans and African Americans, and was filmed on location in Los Angeles and Lagos, Nigeria. The film cast Akon, Nick Moran, Andrew Howard, Nse Ikpe Etim, Enyinna Nwigwe, Miguel A Nunez, Jr., Charles Duckworth, Luenell, Mother Love, Jennifer Van Dien, and Massi Furlan[7][8].

In August 2016, Vanessa Teemsma together with Nigeria's US based filmmaker and director Jeta Amata and Nollywood actor Enyinna Nwigwe met with Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo over the optioning of his book "My Watch" which was adopted into a movie[9].

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 The American King[10] Jenifer/Producer[11] Feature Film – theatrical release: 1 February 2019
2017 Unexpected Guest[12] Black Panther Feature Film – theatrical release: 1 February 2019
2016 Road to Redemption Producer Feature Film – World Premiere – Tues, November 1, 2016[13]
2016 Bye Felicia: Wrath of the Girl Next Door[14] Kim/Producer Short, Horror – theatrical release: 2 November 2016
2016 The Catcher[15] Party Guest Short – theatrical release: 29 August 2016
2015 Once Upon A Time Producer Short – theatrical release: 28 May 2015
2014 Whitey Mistress Short – theatrical release: 30 November 2014
2014-2015 Party Betchez[16] Felicia/Producer Short – theatrical release: 6 June 2014
2012-2015 Black November[17] Post-production Manager Feature Film – theatrical release: 9 January 2015
2010 Inale Production Manager Feature Film – theatrical release: 10 October 2010
2006 The Amazing Grace Post-Production Manager[18] Feature Film – theatrical release: 20 May 2006

Reference[edit]

  1. "Obasanjo Goes To Nollywood". TheHeat Nigeria. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. "Hollywood Joins forces with Former President Obasanjo". The Herald Nigeria. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ""My Watch" A book written by Obasanjo To Be Adapted into a Movie". Fab Magazine. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. "Vanessa Teemsma". IMDb. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  5. "Jeta Amata teams up with Akon on upcoming movie, 'The American King' +BTS Photos". Blackbox Nigeria. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  6. "Jeta Amata's new movie, Inale". Nigeria Films. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  7. "Rahama Sadau in Hollywood, shares photos from movie set". Premium Times Nigeria. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  8. Correspondent), Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Washington. "ACROSS AMERICA: NNPA Hosts Screening of "The American King: As told by an African Priestess" Starring Akon". The Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  9. "Obasanjo Goes To Nollywood". TheHeat Nigeria. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. "Akon is Starring in Jeta Amata's Upcoming Movie "The American King" alondside Kannywood's Rahma Sadau! See the BTS Photos". BellaNaija. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  11. "The American King-As told by an African Priestess (2019)". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. "Unexpected Guests (2017)". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  13. Izuzu, Chidumga. "Rahama Sadau: Actress attends "Road to Redemption" premiere in Los Angeles". www.pulse.ng. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. "Bye Felicia: Wrath of the Girl Next Door (2016)". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  15. "The Catcher (2016)". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  16. "Party Betchez (TV Series 2014– )". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  17. "'Black November': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  18. "The Amazing Grace (2006)". Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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