In an interview with CNN, Ratner stated when he and Lovato started discussing her experiences, “she was ready” to come ahead with what truly occurred after months of deceptive headlines and misinformation in the information.
“When you’re at Demi Lovato’s level, you’re not going and responding to these false headlines. And I think that that was very difficult then, but she didn’t respond to any of them,” Ratner stated, including, “There was a lot of misinformation out there, and this was her opportunity in her own words with her family, friends, and those that lived it to tell the truth.”
Ratner, who had beforehand collaborated with Lovato on a music video, and directed Justin Bieber’s “Seasons” by means of his firm OBB Pictures, stated he gained Lovato’s belief by listening.
“Once you have a clear understanding of their goals and just how important ultimately telling the story is for her ultimate growth, we began filming,” Ratner defined.
Just just a few weeks in, the pandemic hit. But Ratner stated each he and Lovato felt a way of function in shining a light-weight on psychological well being points.
“I think a key takeaway in this film is really just it’s okay not to be okay and seek help if you can. And not everybody is going to have a paid team of support, but you don’t necessarily need that,” he stated. “You need somebody that you go to for comfort and have people you trust that have your best interests. Outside of provoking a dialogue on these things and taking some of the stigma out of it, our hope is that people don’t just live with these thoughts in their head in isolation, and instead realize that it’s totally fine to speak about it and they should.”
He stated filming throughout the pandemic helped formed the sequence to “speak to the times.”
“Some of the charm of documentary filmmaking is the spontaneity. You know, you find out something’s happening, you pick up a camera and you go,” he stated. “Everything had to be really planned out, strict testing protocols, health and safety measures, that was paramount. It was much more plotted. And I think you do see that in the filmmaking.”
Lovato and her family members who participated in the sequence describe their struggles, their heartache, and, in the end, hope.
“This is a human documentary, not a music documentary,” Ratner stated. “She’s human and she’s not claiming to be anything that she isn’t.”
“She very openly says, ‘this is where I’m at today. I’m working on myself everyday. I’m imperfect, I’m doing my best. I am facing my struggles and my demons,'” Ratner continued. “You know, she’s a human being. And I think that the goal, again, what she’s preaching, is that everybody’s journey is unique.”