Dr. Samantha N. Sheppard, Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Performing and Media Arts, has been featured in an Amazon Prime documentary Maxine's Baby: The Tyler Perry Story directed by Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz.
About Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story:
Writer, actor, filmmaker, studio head and media titan, Tyler Perry, is America’s consummate multihyphenate. But underneath this entertainment behemoth is a man working humbly to heal his childhood trauma by transforming his pain into promise. Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story, a nod to his mother’s love, is a tender and intimate portrait of visionary and innovator Tyler Perry: his harrowing but faithful road to the top of an industry that didn’t always include him. With unfettered access, directors/filmmakers Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz lead us into the inner-world of a man, whose story has never fully been told, as he becomes a father and a media mogul with a mission to pave his own road to the top. The product is a profound lesson on remembering where you came from to know where you want to go.