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LAist Interview: Theresa Duncan

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Theresa Duncan is a writer and filmmaker who lives in Venice Beach. She is also adept at communicating her vision in any media. A veteran game designer before the age of 30, Theresa has authored several popular multimedia games for girls, including the cult classic video game "Chop Suey." In 1998, she made her first film, called The History of Glamor, an animated musical satire tweaking the pretentions of the worlds of fashion, art, celebrity and New York art cliques in the '90s. Her latest film, produced by indie vets Anne Carey and Andrew Bregman and scheduled for production in New York this summer, focuses on two Upper East Side schoolgirls who kidnap a rock star who becomes more famous after he disappears. Even while in the midst of pre-production, Theresa still has time to maintain the kick-ass blog " Wit of the Staircase," where she shares her passions for perfume, art, love, magic, fashion, literature, culture, and music with readers. When one visits "Wit of the Staircase," one never knows what one will find on Theresa's mind that day, but readers always return, confident that each new entry will be as interesting as the last one.

Age and Occupation:
I am a filmmaker, 35 or so.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
Four years, I live in Venice Beach.

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Why do you live in Los Angeles?
Los Angeles unfolds so slowly and softly....a petal at time, like a fan dancer. I keep waiting for the last veil to drop, and to my fascination and delight it never, ever does.

What is your latest project about?
Fame.

What remains the same and what has changed in the world of girls?
Having a vagina remains the same, but power shifts.

What are your impressions on making a movie in Los Angeles and/or making a movie in New York?
I got my money in L.A., but I'm making my movie in New York. Next one's L.A. all over, so maybe my money will come from New York.