Vanessa Leinani is an American actress, singer, and songwriter from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. She is known for her portrayal as Folger's coffee heiress, Abigail Folger, in the Charles Manson episode on season 2 of the popular television series, Murder Made Me Famous, which broadcasts on the REEL channel (U.S.), CITVAsia (Asia) and REALLY TV (U.K.).
Vanessa is also known for her portrayal as Drifter in the vengeance-themed web series Drifter: Broken Road for which she won an Outstanding Lead Actress (Drama) award at LA WEBFEST and received a Best Actress In A Web Series nomination at the NYC Web Fest for the second season, Drifter: Lonesome Highway.
Currently, Vanessa looks forward to the upcoming premiere of “Vincent’s Vow” at ICFF June 3rd-6th as the feisty Alicia and the release of the modern western film Tumbleweed where she portrays charming bad girl and grifter, Victoria.
Vanessa co-starred in episodes of a sketch comedy series called Krabkake by FOX-KRBK's The Mystery Hour host and creator of the viral Instagram Husband video, Jeff Houghton. Vanessa can also be seen in the role of the wickedly intelligent Detective Jade in the SAG-AFTRA web series Bail Out with a cast of notable actors: Dennis O'Neill (Dragonball Z, In Plain Sight, Walker: Texas Ranger); Terry Kiser (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Golden Girls, Carol & Company, Weekend at Bernie's); Burton Gilliam (Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future III, Honeymoon In Vegas); Marshall R. Teague (Armageddon, Babylon 5, Road House); Nick Mancuso (Under Siege, Stingray, Ticket to Heaven); Nellie Sciutto (Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator); Al Dias (Scandal Made Me Famous, The Good Guys, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D) and more.
Vanessa returned to the world of theater for a brief stint as Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; resident loud mouthed hot-head, Bernice, in Le Wilhelm's contemporary comedic one-act play: The Junior Chamber of Commerce and Their Wives Discuss: Great Literature, High School Basketball, Sex and Other Things directed by actor/director George Cron.
Film by Du More Films, Studio 2060/Ducon Williams (Drama and Romance) Alicia A broken 30-year-old man who struggles with commitment, accepts a challenge to "learn what love is before claiming to love someone". The results are certainly not what he'd expect.
Film by Bermuda Dunes Productions/Stephen Robert Reynolds (Crime, Drama and Western) Victoria Tumbleweed provides commentary on a way of life in a small Texas town that is in transition. The world outside of it is quickly pouring in and the fight between the immovable object and the unstoppable force sparks when two women come to town. One, the wandering wind, a stranger who loves nothing more than stirring up trouble and watching the results. The other, returns to her home more a stranger than family who tries to take root but fights the urge to stay. The people who make up the town have both good and honorable and greed and opportunist. Tumbleweed is a look under the microscope of a smaller and more intimate setting which still has all the ingredients there are for people - conflict, strife and heart and soul. As a result, the focus rests on one overall family's struggle to make sense or plead ignorance to what is right and what is wrong. Visuals of older structures, traditions, dust and shadow add to the uncertainty that looms over the town and its people; the uncertainty of their livelihood as well as their morals and finding that in 1997 at least, that the world outside has come in and one must make peace with it or battle it to the very end or something in between. —Stephen R. Reynolds
The Pretty People Inc.
Film by Acting For Real/Jonna Kae Volz (Comedy) Rachel (voice) Secrets Are Only Skin Deep
Film by Darkness Reigns Films, Picture Palace Films, Studio 2060/Andrew P. Jones (Horror) Publicist A group of filmmakers shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary in a reportedly haunted hotel are faced with an unfathomable demonic force that possesses and attacks both the crew and the film's star, Casper Van Dien. Will the film's director be able to escape with the paranormal proof he has captured, or will he succumb to the hellish plans of the demon who has surfaced and pay the ultimate price? Written by Wild Eye Releasing
Film by Parallax Studios/J. Allen Williams (Horror and Thriller) Maître d' A psychological thriller promising suspense and a touch of dark comedy at the expense of a few select individuals seeking audience with Death hoping to barter for an extension while clutching in their hand a bloody eviction notice.
Film by Genesius/Thomas Rennier (Crime, Drama and Thriller) P.A. (crew) A divorcée's love for her ex-husband pulls her into a deadly crime ring when he goes missing, and the local authorities refuse to search for him.
Film (short) by Ryan Huegerich (Drama and Short) Alex Reed Liz Bennett, a girl with a supernatural ability to tell when people are lying, is ripped from her normal life at a young age by her father, Daniel. They move to Las Vegas and Daniel opens a pawn shop with the plan to exploit this power in her. Unforeseen events happen in a high stakes poker game, and Liz must choose loyalty to her family or her own life. Written by Ryan Huegerich
Murder Made Me Famous
TV Series by AMS Pictures/Brad Osborne (Crime, Documentary and Biography) Abigail Folger In 1969, nine people are killed by a notorious cult leader with mostly female followers living in a commune.
Film (short) by Talking Dog Pictures, Talking Dog Productions/Shannon Sherrow (Comedy and Short) Composer/Performer/Lyricist
The War Within
Film (short) by Tear-In Productions/Gary McClurg (Drama and Short) Inner Angel The choices we make define us.
Drifter: Lonesome Highway
TV Series by American Wasteland Entertainment/Jason Brasier (Drama and Sci-Fi) Drifter Following the events of the award winning first season, Drifter: Broken Road, we find Drifter traversing the post second civil war landscape & running into trouble on the Missouri/Kansas border in the form of the violent vixen, Mustang Sally, and her guns for hire group, The Regulators. Written by American Wasteland Entertainment
TV Series by Bail Out TV, Dennis O’Neill Productions/Dennis O’Neill (Comedy and Drama) Detective Jade A veteran New York City police detective, Jimmy O'Neill, is forced to relocate to Fort Worth, after having a run in with the mob, by knocking out kingpin, Joe Esposito.
Film by Brett Duncan (Crime, Mystery and Music) Sheril (voice) This is an experimental Narrative movie. Although not a religious story, we (the writers) referred to a haunting question from our Christian upbringing; "what if Jesus came today". So we started writing the story with consideration of how exactly this miracle worker might be documented and possibly even followed one day. For starters, this particular messiah is gay. Written by Jenna Burris
Drifter: Broken Road
Series by American Wasteland Entertainment, Easy Water Films/Jason Brasier (Drama and Sci-Fi) Drifter Five years after a brutal second civil war, a figure known as Drifter befriends the owners of a trading post on her trail to revenge.
Film by Easy Water Films, Lunch Truck Productions LLC/Nathan Pope (Comedy and Drama) Jocelyn Gavin Larson's band, The Zebras, is on top, living every rock and roll fantasy until Gavin's band mates perish in a fiery plane crash. Tormented by the memory of his band and the fading of his once bright star, Gavin begins a downward spiral of denial, delusion, and self-medication. His only chance at redemption rests in the people he's screwed and the bridges he's burned. Gavin's plan? To form a new band and rule the world. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Mohammad Mohammad (Short) Soundtrack Singer, Co-composer
Film (short) by Wolf Entertainment Productions/Phillip Wolf (Horror, Thriller and Short) Tina Chrisfield Tina Chrisfield is a reporter who witnesses a vicious creature while vacationing at her lake house. Upon her return to work, she explains the event to her boss, David. But he does not believe her story, as it's a myth that has been previously told centuries ago. David gives Tina twenty-four hours to come up with another story or she loses her job. Accompanied by her colleague, Robert, Tina returns to her lake house to gather proof and convince David that the creature exists. But the tables turn when Tina comes up missing and Robert is left alone to fend for himself. Written by Phillip Wolf (II)
Film by Doom Bunny Films/Patrick Keith (Drama, Fantasy and Horror) Carmilla Andrea is harassed by life, love and wicked college schoolmates. When she is reunited with childhood friend Brandy, it is bright spot in an otherwise morbid existence on campus. The two are drawn together when an unusual bottle of ancient origin comes between them. When one of the girls falls ill and goes on a tirade of vampiric revenge, the other must evade her long enough to solve the mystery of her illness and destroy it's source. Written by Patrick Keith
The Sisters Four
Video by Brainpie Media, Stone Bell Creations/Jim DeVault (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Mrs. Evangeline Kruder Traci Holmes is plagued by recurring nightmares, the source of which lie hidden in repressed memories of her childhood. Her fiancée, Richard, is determined to find the hidden secret in her past which will free her from the nightmares. Along the way, he uncovers a terrible secret about the orphanage where Traci was raised, and a series of murders of former orphanage residents. Traci may be next. Written by Jim Devault
Nelly the Executioner
Film (short) by Hiraya Conspiracy/Matthew Grant (Comedy, Horror and Short) Mrs. Ricky Inspired by the Chinese executioner trucks, Nelly the Executioner is the vehicle that brings death to the "United Communist States of America." The members of the death crew only wish to give the last remaining minutes of the convicted's lives some pleasure. Written by Matthew Grant
L.A. WebFest - Outstanding Lead Actress: Drama/Horror