The highly anticipated documentary, Maxine's Baby: The Tyler Perry Story, had its world premiere at the renowned AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Directed by Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz and produced by Amazon Studios, the film offers an intimate look into Perry's journey from a tumultuous childhood to becoming a billionaire media mogul.
The Centerpiece Screening of this year's AFI Fest, held at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, showcased the documentary. Alongside Perry, the film also features appearances by influential figures like Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kenya Barris, among others.
Before the screening, Perry, accompanied by Winfrey, walked the red carpet, showcasing their strong bond and chemistry. Perry's unique sense of style was on display, with him donning dark slacks with a touch of purple, a lavender shirt, and a black leather jacket. Winfrey, looking elegant in an all-white suit, exuded her trademark presence.
The red carpet event also saw the arrival of British actor and director David Oyelowo, who joined Perry and Winfrey for photos. Perry's family was in attendance, including his aunt Jerry Banks, and he also posed with director duo Armani Ortiz and Gelila Bekele.
The documentary's directors expressed their deep connection to Perry and their admiration for his transformative impact on various communities. They hope the film acts as an inspiration to audiences, focusing on themes of healing and unconditional love.
The AFI Fest, taking place from October 25-29, is known for celebrating artistic excellence and is a platform for established and emerging filmmakers to meet with audiences. Being a free-to-the-public festival, it attracts a diverse range of films and attendees, solidifying its place as a significant event in the film industry.