1. Emily Long (Wanderer Session #70) "Guilty"

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    "So, what is this? Why do you do this? Are you just some uber-fan?" Emily sat on her bed, picking at her colorful high heels and asked. We both agreed they needed more camera time. Pilot was rotating every few seconds between laying restfully on the bed with Emily and taking swipes at licking the camera. I gave her a start and stop version of when and why we started the Wanderer Sessions project back in college in New Jersey. "Well, there was this. And then there was that. And, um, and then this and this." I wanted to duplicate myself and sit next to Emily so I can see my own self and say, very annoyingly, "Well, you don't even know do you? Do you? He doesn't know why he does it, Emily. So you shouldn't even bother playing anything." But what continues to baffle me was that she did. Very beautifully and longingly and like her sixty-nine different predecessors, as if I was never there. There's this great balance or maybe it's a coexistence of sharp rock and a loving voice in her sound that was really what brought me into her home and into this collaboration in the first place. It's like saying, "I'll can both kick you so hard in the balls but nurse you back so sweetly after." Watching all this footage weeks later, I realized you can mistake shards of her for others with the same voice or sound or hair but Emily is actually one of those special people that are so in-tune with themselves in their own music that it's sort of the reverse---she takes in and supplants and sharpens so many different great qualities that those pieces of others are the ones that you mistake for the complete Emily. "Musicians are magicians," Vincent Moon had very aptly told me once. And despite that fact that I've found myself retreating back to him for answers on everything, answers on what exactly I'm doing, why I'm continuing on with this project for two years now, it's nice to know that when the camera starts rolling, it's exactly how I said it. I was never there. And neither are these questions. It's only the singing and the twang of electric guitar and the mysterious souvenir of a video soon after. Wanderer Session#70: Emily Long Music by Emily Long Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York November 2011

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    • Emily Long (Wanderer Session #70) "Ringing Bells"

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      "So, what is this? Why do you do this? Are you just some uber-fan?" Emily sat on her bed, picking at her colorful high heels and asked. We both agreed they needed more camera time. Pilot was rotating every few seconds between laying restfully on the bed with Emily and taking swipes at licking the camera. I gave her a start and stop version of when and why we started the Wanderer Sessions project back in college in New Jersey. "Well, there was this. And then there was that. And, um, and then this and this." I wanted to duplicate myself and sit next to Emily so I can see my own self and say, very annoyingly, "Well, you don't even know do you? Do you? He doesn't know why he does it, Emily. So you shouldn't even bother playing anything." But what continues to baffle me was that she did. Very beautifully and longingly and like her sixty-nine different predecessors, as if I was never there. There's this great balance or maybe it's a coexistence of sharp rock and a loving voice in her sound that was really what brought me into her home and into this collaboration in the first place. It's like saying, "I'll can both kick you so hard in the balls but nurse you back so sweetly after." Watching all this footage weeks later, I realized you can mistake shards of her for others with the same voice or sound or hair but Emily is actually one of those special people that are so in-tune with themselves in their own music that it's sort of the reverse---she takes in and supplants and sharpens so many different great qualities that those pieces of others are the ones that you mistake for the complete Emily. "Musicians are magicians," Vincent Moon had very aptly told me once. And despite that fact that I've found myself retreating back to him for answers on everything, answers on what exactly I'm doing, why I'm continuing on with this project for two years now, it's nice to know that when the camera starts rolling, it's exactly how I said it. I was never there. And neither are these questions. It's only the singing and the twang of electric guitar and the mysterious souvenir of a video soon after. Wanderer Session#70: Emily Long Music by Emily Long Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York November 2011

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      • Mike Bruno (Wanderer Session #9) "Black Horses"

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        Rummaging through some boxes I left behind for New York, I found some old footage while searching for my old self. The old Pollifax hard drives were sitting dusty and and unkempt in my old closet behind a blue office shirt and a cheap gray suit and some ties, things I've decided that I won't need after leaving my last home. I watched some older Sessions with Boy With Robot and Mike Bruno and Anna Zailik, so grainy and wild and unkempt like the boxes they were stored in. I love them. These were little projects when we had no expectations, had no real vision of what the outside world would think. And so, they, in my opinion, were the best of the bunch because they existed only for themselves. I'm not so confident in my own intentions now. Wanderer Session #9: Mike Bruno Music by Mike Bruno Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Filmed in New Brunswick, New Jersey November 2009

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        • Mike Bruno (Wanderer Session #9) "Halloween Moon"

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          Rummaging through some boxes I left behind for New York, I found some old footage while searching for my old self. The old Pollifax hard drives were sitting dusty and and unkempt in my old closet behind a blue office shirt and a cheap gray suit and some ties, things I've decided that I won't need after leaving my last home. I watched some older Sessions with Boy With Robot and Mike Bruno and Anna Zailik, so grainy and wild and unkempt like the boxes they were stored in. I love them. These were little projects when we had no expectations, had no real vision of what the outside world would think. And so, they, in my opinion, were the best of the bunch because they existed only for themselves. I'm not so confident in my own intentions now. Wanderer Session #9: Mike Bruno Music by Mike Bruno Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Filmed in New Brunswick, New Jersey November 2009

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          • Hope For AGoldenSummer (Wanderer Session #69)

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            If ever I regretted settling down here in New York this past year, it was after I watched my own footage of Claire and Page wailing without instruments in front of the Manhattan skyline. On one side of the East River, this monstrous city roared with the never ending sound of police sirens and steel clanking and heels mashing into gravel like a drum beat. On the other shore, I watched the two Athenians serenade themselves so intimately and peacefully as if they were back in a quieter morning in Georgia. The contrast was too striking for me to forget. After the wind had made the first take of one of their songs just a tad bit too noisy, they settled on doing it again and the next, with some more help. "We should go ask some people if they want to sing with us," they said. "Oh, well, we can try but---" I tried to say, but the sisters had run off already, excited by the prospect. We moved up and down the beach and watched most of the people by the shore firmly and suspiciously decline the offer to be in their impromptu choir. "This wouldn't happen if we were in Athens," Page had whispered to me. On the last strip of sand of East River Park, they found a few new friends that were kind enough, or maybe curious enough to sing with them. The result is such a refreshing chorus so unfamiliar to me nowadays in New York streets. They made some beach goers and bystanders grin and smile here and there. Until of course, New York City literally fought back and sent one of the park officers to kick us out after the song. I apologized and waved him off. "This wouldn't happen if we were in New Jersey," I mumbled to myself. I think we all appreciated our old homes just a tiny bit more after that. Wanderer Session #69: Hope For AGoldenSummer Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Music by Claire Campbell and Page Campbell Filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York October 2011

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            • Donora (Wanderer Session #68)

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              Everyone in New York could use Donora's music nowadays. Just to remind us young folks scraping at the bottom of the city what dancing and fun and crushes and fun music were once like when we weren't worrying about succeeding and surviving. Whatever that means anymore. At any case, I had blast being around the band even for just that half an hour to record this song from their new record. Having their songs blasting in my ears on the train and on rainy walks just cheers me up. I dare you not to be. Donora brightens things. Even that very dimly lit apartment in a very dimly lit part of Brooklyn with cursing and police sirens right out the window. The second I stepped out of Ball Of Flame Shoot Fire's apartment in Bed-Stuy after filming Donora, I started wondering what it would have been like finding the band in their hometown of Pittsburgh instead of Brooklyn. The happy stories of love gained and party nights in their songs have been keeping me company on dreary subway commutes to work since I shook Casey Hanner's hand at the door for the last time that night. I haven't stopped listening to their old song, "The Chorus" about being under pressure, about letting go and being a child again. It's almost a lightning rod of a song after jumping into New York City thinking this had to be the next stage of adulthood for me. Instead, Donora has made me miss being on the road and just loving and filming beautiful music. A road that will someday, hopefully, will lead back to them in Pittsburgh. Among other places. Wanderer Session #68: Donora Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de WIlde Music by Donora, Ball Of Flame Shoot Fire Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York September 2011 http://www.donoramusic.com/

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              • Julia Read (Wanderer Session #67)

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                That afternoon was a quiet day in New York City for Julia and I. One of the most swaying silences hung above us. Never mind the shrill of children dancing in the water of the Washington Square Park fountain. Never mind the bustle and swings of the tourists in a throng at the Highline. Never mind the blowing of manhole covers, the click of rain as it hit stone streets, the grumble of old bus engines crossing town from Chelsea to the Lower East Side. We were gentle, gentle. We spoke very little. She asked how long I've been doing this film project. "Two years, now." I asked how I would find her. "Green shirt with a bird on it." All with our pants rolled up and our feet in gray fountain water. She's a much more serene person than I could ever be. And went she sang "Hollywood" in the midst of a surprised crowd, on one of the last summer days of New York City, she plucked and murmured very sweetly, very quietly. I could barely here her against the the surge of the ten-foot fountain beside her. Ah, but when I played back the recording, the voice was there. Very soft. "This is beautiful," I told her. Like a letter folded secretly and unfolded in an empty room. She seemed grateful. She seemed surprised. But there was no mistake. I picked her for this project very specifically. Someone new, beautiful, and peaceful to slow New York City life from swallowing me up just yet. Wanderer Session #67: Julia Read Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Music by Julia Read Filmed in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York August 2011

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                • Bird Of Youth (Wanderer Session #66)

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                  Kendall first mentioned Beth Wawerna over coffee a couple of months ago. "Bird Of Youth," with the partnership of friend, Clint Newman, feels intimate and formerly secret. It's a mixture of stories, old and new and old again, stretching to a decade in Beth's New York City life. We filmed this in Fort Greene, in a much peaceful, calmer part of Brooklyn than the neighborhood I live in. The sky was quiet. The noisiest thing in the streets was the hum of a bus engine. One, two, three seconds and it's gone again from your ears. Now it's just the crank of stroller wheels and the laugh of children in the playground. Before meeting them at Clint's house, I roamed around a little. I couldn't stop capturing images in those peaceful streets. Especially, after every step on the gravel, I felt my little notepad bulging out of my back pocket. A new thing. My roommate had given it to me because she had extras or maybe five. I scribble notes of things I don't want to do and maybe words to remind myself what things I want to do when I'm filming. The very last note on the list dubbed, "For Bird Of Youth," was this: "Speak up." Beth and Clint roamed around the kitchen. They tuned their guitars while perching on the counter, by the window, on the dining table. "So, where should we go?" Beth asks. And with this, I turned the camera on and retreated into nothing but a curious fly on the wall. Or maybe a gust of wind from the window. Musicians are magicians and will always be to me. It was tough to not be transformed into a child once Beth and Clint started wailing on their guitars and singing the walls off that empty apartment. What could I do but shut the fuck up and let these things flow naturally? And while they busied themselves with their own smiles and banter, I followed Clint's cat and became just a shadow, a spectator in the background yet again. Wanderer Session #66: Bird Of Youth Music by Beth Wawerna and Clint Newman Song #2: "Young World" (Ricky Nelson) Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Filmed in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York July 2011

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                  • CHICAGOLAND

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                    CHICAGOLAND -A rededited and reimagined film by Kevin de Wilde -From the Pollifax Wanderer Sessions #49-53 -Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde -Filmed in Chicago, Illinois -Winter 2011 Music by: Rachele Eve (http://www.racheleevemusic.com/) Project Film (http://tandemshoprecords.com/) Aleks Eva (http://www.facebook.com/alekseva) Young Man (http://youngmanmusic.net/) The Love Shots (http://theloveshots.com/fr_home.cfm) POLLIFAX WANDERER SESSIONS (http://pollifax.com/HOME.html)

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                    • Amy Bezunartea (Wanderer Session #65)

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                      If I were to make a film about my life using one, lonely frame, it would be in a bar. You're sitting next to me, contemplating how high the seat is, how short you realize you really are. Possibly, curling your feet around the base of the stool. After every draw of breath, after every baby sip you take of your Brooklyn Lager, you piece together the story of the brewer, how long it takes to make, that secret, organic ingredient you swear they put. Perhaps relate how your new tattoo of a flower or a tree or a book came to be. Because we have nothing else to talk about. Anymore. And in return, I would be bobbing my head over my beer. Trying my own best to piece together this really great song that went, "We drank on your dollar, the small world growing smaller. Until it is just you and me, in love with our own misery." I'm humming it. I'm not really listening to you. Sorry. That song would be Amy's. And if this ever happens, well, I have that song captured on camera now like a little bubble strapped to a chain around my neck. "Do you remember her, Kevin?" Jennifer O'Connor asked me a few months ago after her show at the Happy Ending Series. Amy smiles. Jennifer smiles. Five years ago, in a restaurant in the College of New Jersey, Jennifer played in front of tired professors and indifferent students. And so did Amy. It was the first time I'd ever seen Jo'c play live. And I suppose, that was the day I heard Amy for the first time too. Five years later, we shake hands and we meet. "Yeah, I remember," I said. Amy smiles. Jennifer smiles. Five years later, the three of us are in a small piano room for an hour to record this little film. It's funny how things end up sometimes, no? "She's an angel, that Bez," says Kendall. You can see it. You can feel it. You can hear it certainly all over her record that zigzags through stories of working and not living in restaurants and bars. But Amy, like the swimming, calming feel of her songs, has stayed so innocent, so loving in her laugh, in her smile, in her look. I, certainly, am not. And this angel has made my memories of working in shit hole bars and restaurants so uniform, so blended together with her voice that I'm struggling to figure out whether even the worst moments, the worst strangers, the worst drunken nights were wrong turns in life or right. Wanderer Session #65: Amy Bezunartea Music by Amy Bezunartea and Jennifer O'Connor Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde Filmed in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York June 2011

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