Hummingbird Beats: Emily WiedemannJill Donenfeld

A hummingbird, because of its speed and ability to hover over one flower – absolutely still while simultaneously flapping extremely fast, is said to be a stopper of time.  Such is Emily Wiedemann’s apartment, which features a wall of beta tapes and more than a few rare, first edition novels.  She’s beating very fast – with a major production company (Greencard Pictures) that she built from scratch starting at age 21 – yet seemingly completely still (she Tumbles to the tune of I Like Leisure). She’s got an air of traditionalism about her (she’s usually in an apron) though her day-to-day casts her in the role of decisive boss, multi-faceted manager and visionnaire of the avant-garde.

What’s in your bag? When you pack for a trip, in your handbag, in the pockets of your jeans…?

Like my high school car, my bag has almost everything you might need to survive if you had to make a quick escape. Journal, yellow legal pad, pens, digital camera, mini stereo to mini stereo cable, extra contact lenses, band-aids, toothbrush, you get the idea. It’s kind of like a bottomless Mary Poppins bag.

You have 5 minutes to pack up – for a trip of which the duration you’re not sure. What do you take?

Let’s see, not much, actually. I’m of the opinion that you should pack lightly and with items that are practical; something casual, something dressy, a good pair of shoes to walk in, something for warmth. With almost all trips, you end up coming home with more than you left with, so it’s okay if you have a little extra space in the bag when you leave. I also tend to carry a lot of cables with me, iPhone cables, cables to attach my computer to a TV in a hotel room so I don’t have to pay crazy money to rent a movie, etc. Also, something good to read because there’s almost always an element of waiting when it comes to travel.

What is your most essential article of clothing?

In the summer, a striped romper; in winter, a red corduroy dress. Both have pockets which is particularly useful on the day to day.

What are the top 5 songs you need to have access to hearing at all times?

(In no particular order)

Weezer – Almost anything off of Pinkerton

Ben Folds – ‘Don’t Change Your Plans’

Pearl Jam – ‘Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town’

The Zombies – ‘Care of Cell 44′ (I like to listen to this one in the morning)

Hall and Oates – ‘Rich Girl’

What is your preferred hummingbird beat/cities you like to frequent?

Well, it’s an island not a city, but I travel with a group of friends to St. Martin for New Year’s each year. It’s a beautiful place to decompress and the time between Christmas and New Year’s is the only true vacation that I’m actually able to take. But I also have a soft spot for Cincinnati where I went to high school and my father’s family is from. The Graeter’s Ice Cream and the Skyline Chili are reason enough to stop through at least two times a year.

What’s something crazy that you did to follow your passion? (Like, did you live out of your car for a month? Drive 10 hours to pick up a certain, weird material you needed?) 

My business partner Nick and I ran the business out of my apartment for the first year. This wouldn’t seem so crazy but what started as just him and me sitting at my dining room table turned into 15-20 people coming over every day — we had interns sitting cross legged around the coffee table and had set up folding tables across the length of the living room to allow for the number of people coming over every day.

What is one tip you have for traveling – a beauty tip, a survival tip, a culinary tip… ?

If possible, don’t check a bag. The airlines are heaping more and more fees these days for checking a bag and it’s much easier if you invest in a really great carry on that you can take onboard. Also you don’t have to worry about your baggage being lost.

What’s a recent or favorite meal you had while bouncing around the globe?

I haven’t been out of the city in a while but my boyfriend and I recently dined at this great little place in the East Village called Graffiti. They are doing some really interesting things with the food and mixture of the ingredients they matched together for their dishes.

Where have you had your best night’s sleep?

Probably in the house in St. Martin that we rent each year. The house is right on the beach and it’s so peaceful to have the sound of the ocean and sleep next to the person you love.

Who would you like to travel with – three people (you guys can caravan together or on separate trips)?

My boyfriend Zac, anywhere and everywhere. Sean, my oldest friend in the world and a good person to have anywhere because he knows what to do whether it’s relaxing in the sun or scaling a mountain and my friend Cody. Cody is great at keeping a level head in all situations (being the amazing producer she is), but is fun in all situations. It’s hard to narrow down to 3 people, there are so many that I love to travel with!

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