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Demi Lovato is no stranger to “dancing with the devil” in her own words “She was a long-standing open book in which she shared her problems with addiction, mental health problems, eating disorders and family troubles, and the boundary between lives and death went up to her near-fatal overdose in July 2018

Now the singer opens up more than ever and shares in her YouTube Originals documentary series Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, which will be released on Jan. March premiered, intimate details of her hospital stay and the months of strength since then, with To tell a story as heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring as hers, Lovato called her friend and director Michael D Ratner

“I was humbled to be able to give her a platform to tell her story,” Ratner tells Billboard of the opportunity to work with Lovato on the four-part series, which will be released Tuesday Nov. March) debuted for the first time at SXSW “My responsibility is to give her the space to tell as much of her story and experience as she wants to tell. Ultimately, I found that as the process went on, she opened up more and more and the trust was earned in some of these later ones Seating revealed some of the more severe trauma I think sometimes I would find out these things before we rolled and sometimes I think she actually made the decision to share this stuff because she was so comfortable while she was doing it spoke and in the environment we brought her to

“In Demi’s story is her story – everything is intimately connected,” he continues. “Many of the different moments in her life lead to other moments, and it’s difficult to tell her story fully without sharing all of that we did I think a lot of the loopholes or misinformation will be fixed in this project because she decided to go there.She told me she was pretty ready to go deep in 2018 and break the record on a lot of what happened there, but I think she surprised herself how comfortable she felt with the process and how the project turned out that she wanted to use it as the ultimate catharsis she wanted to tell the story of her trials and difficulties in since that time tell the years 2018, 2019 and until 2021 “

Ratner, who previously teamed up with YouTube Originals and Justin Bieber for the star “Love Yourself” documentaries “Seasons” and “Next Chapter”, kept emphasizing the importance of sharing those vulnerable moments “It is just transparency from the start and really open about the goal of sharing the truths of these artists, being a really good listener and giving them the safe space and platform to tell their story, “suggests Ratner of the reason, why a number of high profile artists turn to him to make their documentaries “I pride myself on the fact that they trust me with their most intimate moments and ultimately bring their perspective to the world – and I think that comes about through time, transparency and work ethic

“I’m really trying to learn and understand and I take the time to get to know these people so that ultimately I can help share their story with the world,” he adds

The director achieved his goal with Lovato, who revealed everything from her brief engagement to Max Ehrich in 2020, to her strange identity, to the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered during her overdose and the medical problems , which she is still struggling with as a result of the OD “I had brain damage and am still dealing with the effects today,” she says at one point in the document, “I don’t drive because of blind spots in my sight I’ve had big problems when reading “

And while it can be heartbreaking to see someone as unarmed as Lovato is so unarmed, it makes these documentaries so much more convincing. “From what I knew about [Demi] and what she wanted to do with it, my job was not just in doing a softball documentary and not just making it a puff piece, but really asking the tough questions, “said Ratner, saying,” It was her prerogative to share as much of it as she wanted, but that was her goal and her decision, and I was there to listen and give her a safe space to talk about that information “

This “safe space” enabled Lovato to shed the often poisonous expectation of being a “role model,” which puts unnatural pressures on a 28-year-old who has been in the spotlight since she was young – – and neglects the more realistic Aspects of Human Experience

“Demi and I talked a lot about ‘role model’ and the figurehead of things,” explains Ratner. “I think what we did here effectively compared to earlier times in her life – when she did [2017’s] Simply Complicated , she was the figurehead for sobriety and I think as a lot of people talk about her bravery and how many people she helps as a result of this documentary and says that it is okay to be wrong and you are not defined by your deepest moments Isn’t she saying, “I’m the figurehead” for everything She says, “I’m a wildly flawed person, like all of us”Here is my unique journey and struggles, and it’s okay for you to talk about your unique journey and struggles’

“It doesn’t necessarily pretend to be something,” he adds. “So no one can say afterwards,” Wait, you said you were XYZ! “She is not preparing for failure. She says,” Here I am in my very human capacity “and hopes that her story will help other people”

The down-to-earth and honest nature of the series distinguishes Ratner from music-oriented films of the past. “When you talk about the documentary, people say,” I’ve never seen a music documentary like this, “and I say,” That’s right because it is not a music documentary “” This is a human documentary about a musician and about a musician who is also a multi-hyphenator and a person, “Ratner shares with

Without giving too much away before the public can see it, Ratner reveals that the most moving part of Dancing With the Devil “is the way history has repeated itself and how it shares how it divides itself History has repeated in her life and in episodes three and four she talks about some of the repeated trauma she has gone through and the time and thought has meant that she really has more clarity about how these things affect her I think that was a pretty big revelation “

Taking a deep breath, Ratner adds, “I direct and produce many different types of shows and films – I can juggle a lot at once, but I can say that for this project it was very difficult to think of anything else as Demi and this project because of how hard it was. Usually after a day on set I can get together for a work lunch or something, but my mind was racing on what happened that day because it was so hard and pretty intense “

Why more and more artists share their lives through documentaries, Ratner believes it’s all about connection “It’s very different from being on tour or [releasing an album] This is a way to really get in and meet people who believe they know you, allow us to get to know you a little better, “he shares with

Ratner also produced the documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil was produced by Ratner’s OBB Pictures and SB Projects.Scott Ratner, Kfir Goldberg and Miranda Sherman also serve as executive producers for OBB Pictures Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye and Scott Manson produce for SB Projects Co-executive producers of the project are Andy Mininger and Arlen Konopaki for OBB Pictures, Jen McDaniels, Scott Marcus and James Shin for SB Projects and Hannah Lux Davis Marc Ambrose is acting as producer

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