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Demi Lovato doc 'Dancing with the Devil' to open SXSW

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- South by Southwest announced that the 2021 online film festival would feature the docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil on opening night. The festival begins March 16 prior to the series premiere on YouTube March 23.

"There has been so much that I've wanted to say, but knew I had to say it right. Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil will be streaming free on @YouTube starting March 23rd," Lovato said on Twitter Wednesday.

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"@ddlovato is ready to share her story with the world," YouTube tweeted after stating that the series will be divided into four parts.

Dancing with the Devil will feature Lovato discussing her near-fatal drug overdose from 2018. Production on the series, from director and executive producer Michael D. Ratner, started in 2018 during Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me world tour.

The first two episodes will be released March 23 on Lovato's YouTube channel. The following episodes will then be released weekly on Tuesdays.

Lovato was previously the subject of 2017 YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated.

SXSW was among the first in-person events to cancel in 2020 amid the growing concerns over COVID-19. The 2021 film, music and interactive festival will occur online.

SXSW announced other first wave films on Thursday. The lineup includes the Joe Berlinger docuseries Confronting a Serial Killer, the NASA documentary The Hunt for Planet B, the stand-up comedy documentary Hysterical, the horror film Jakob's Wife, the female lucha wrestling doc Luchadoras, the Poly Styrene doc Poly Styrene: I Am Cliche and fiction films Recovery and Violet.

On the music side, Willie Nelson will give a keynote address. Other speakers include Samantha Bee, Matthew McConaughey, Richard Branson, Taraji P. Henson, Barry Jenkins, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and more.

Moments from Demi Lovato's career

Lovato takes part in the Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the U.S Open in New York City on August 23, 2008. Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

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