Max and Bena's Quarantine Wedding

“Max and Bena’s Quarantine Wedding” is a three-minute videotaped poem enhanced by 3-D animation and music, produced, written, and performed by Los Angeles poet Bill Ratner, directed by Micah Chambers-Goldberg. Ratner’s poem tells the story of an actual wedding conducted on Zoom between an American man and a Tanzanian woman whose families were unable to attend the ceremony in person because of Covid-19 and immigration restrictions.

  • Micah Chambers-Goldberg
  • Bill Ratner
  • Bill Ratner
  • Bill Ratner
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    Poetry Video, animation, immigration, internationalism, African music
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Micah Chambers-Goldberg

Micah Chambers-Goldberg is a Director, Animator, Illustrator, and Creative Director originally from the beautiful boonies of Vermont.
Micah creates memorable art. Whether it’s music videos, commercials, children’s books, toys, video games or award winning short films, his wide and visionary artistic range allows him the unique ability to adapt to any visual style in which a project calls for.
Using whimsical and imaginative visual narratives and a pragmatic, methodical process, Micah elevates projects above the fray, cultivating pure emotional connections with the audience. Along with his foundation in art and design, Micah’s a true collaborator and has tremendous leadership experience building and running creative teams.
Micah’s clients and collaborators have included Coca-Cola, Cristiano Ronaldo’s ROC Headphones, Eric Clapton, Interscope, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Shady Records, Jakks Pacific, Rockmafia, Little, Brown and Company, M&C Saatchi, Warner Music, TRUECar, AAA, AECOM, and Revolution Prep, among others.
Micah is a vegetarian, has synesthesia, and still plays with legos.

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Director Statement

Poet Bill Ratner approached me about animating his video poem, "Max and Bena's Quarantine Wedding." It's a quirky, contemporary, true story of an international interracial marriage in the time of Covid, and its social import attracted me. Bill and I have gone on to make more poetry videos. We're proud of the work.