The 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) will open its 2021 online event with the world premiere of YouTube Originals docuseries Demo Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, directed by Michael D. Ratner.
The Austin-set conference and festival, running online from March 16 to 20, revealed a handful of other selections Thursday (Jan. 14) ahead of the full program announcement on Feb. 10. The 2021 online platform with the schedule is expected to launch Feb. 15.
Demo Lovato: Dancing with the Devil (pictured) examines what led to the singer’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and the aftermath, offering a portrait of addiction and the process of healing and empowerment.
Other world premiering documentaries revealed today include Joe Berlinger’s Confronting A Serial Killer, a docuseries following reporter Jillian Lauren who lures in prolific serial killer Sam Little; Nathanial Kahn’s The Hunt for Planet B, about a diverse group of scientists on a quest to find another Earth among the stars; and Andrea Nevins’ Hysterical, a look at the lives of women in stand-up comedy.
In September, the festival confirmed it would be moving forward with a hybrid digital-physical experience for the 2021 event.
SXSW Online will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showings, networking and exhibitions.