Producer / Director Samantha Stark opens up about the hardships of telling Britney Spears’ story without having access to the singer. Stark employed an all-female crew to look back at the treatment of the pop star as she broke through in the music industry and became a tabloid target. The documentary also looks into the star’s conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement, which is critical of the star’s father being in control of his daughter’s financial and personal affairs. Stark also reveals how Britney’s former long-time assistant and Spears family friend Felicia Culotta became involved in the documentary after years of turning down interview requests. Spears nor her team participated in the movie. The New York Times Presents ‘Framing Britney Spears’ premieres simultaneously on FX and FX on Hulu on Feb. 5.

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