SXSW: Demi Lovato doc premieres on YouTube

(Demi Lovato dances with the devil on YouTube)

Having just shaken the audiences of SXSW, the tell all docu-series Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil releases exclusively on YouTube today on March 23. You may have already caught the trailer that packs quite a punch.

The new effort, directed by Michael D. Ratner,  is a 2021 documentary series about the life and career of American singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato. Beginning on YouTube on March 23, 2021, it is set to cover a range of topics including Lovato’s near-fatal overdose in 2018.

The four-part series provides a candid look at the singer’s battles with fame, drug addiction and sexual trauma. We have seen this story before but it makes it no less harrowing – Talented girl rises to notoriety at a young age, loses control, is the victim of sexual assault. And in the end turns to drugs. Luckily, Lovato is still with us.

The focus of Dancing with the Devil is Lovato’s overdose on July 24, 2018. After returning from a party, Lovato called her dealer. She then overdosed on heroin and fentanyl and was left for dead until her assistant discovered her the next morning. Watch the trailer below:

Beyond color grading, designing and mixing the sound, and the final post, Culver City’s Therapy Studios has also delivered the edit of the final episode, building on the emotional and thought-provoking revelations of the previous chapters, and providing a conclusion to the series while showcasing that real life rarely offers neat closure.

Working throughout the lockdown, the team at Therapy Studios used Avid Media Composer in conjunction with FrameIO and countless Zoom calls to provide a uniform finish to Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil at par with services provided before the pandemic.

The docs-series has received positive reviews.  Rotten Tomatoes reported a “Certified Fresh” 83% approval rating with an average rating of 6.85/10 based on 23 reviews. The critical consensus reads: “Harrowing and heartfelt, Dancing with the Devil at times trips over itself, but there’s no denying the power of Demi Lovato’s candid courage in facing her demons.”


  • Editor – Shannon Albrink
  • Assistant Editor- Alaina Stevenson
  • Colorist –  Omar Inguanzo
  • Assistant- Colorist Celene Curlee
  • Sound Designers / Mixers – Brandon Kim and Dillon Cahill
  • Flame Artist – Rachel Moorer, Geoff Stephenson and Phil Apostol
  • Senior Producer – Juliana Watson
  • Executive Producer – Margaret Ward