Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: October 5, 2007
Summary: In the span of only a few months, 4-year-old Marla Olmstead rocketed from total obscurity into international renown – and sold over $300,000 dollars worth of paintings. She was compared to Kandinsky and Pollock, and called “a budding Picasso.” But not all of the attention was positive. From the beginning, many faulted her parents for exposing Marla to the glare of the media and accused the couple of exploiting their daughter for financial gain. Others felt her work was, in fact, comparable to the great Abstract Expressionists – but saw this as emblematic of the meaninglessness of Modern Art. And then, five months into Marla’s new life as a celebrity and just short of her fifth birthday, a bombshell dropped. CBS’ 60 Minutes aired an exposé suggesting strongly that the paintings were painted by her father, himself an amateur painter. As quickly as the public built Marla up, they tore her down. The Olmsteads were barraged with hate mail, ostracized around town, sales of the paintings dried up, and Marla’s art dealer considered moving out of Binghamton. Embattled, the Olmsteads turned to the filmmaker to clear their name. Torn between his own responsibility as a journalist and the family’s desire to see their integrity restored, the director finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a situation that can’t possibly end well for him and them, and could easily end badly for both. (Sony Classics)
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Runtime: 82 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for language.
Production: A&E IndieFilms
Genres: Mystery, Documentary
Countries: USA, UK
Languages: English, Mandarin
Home Release Date: Mar 4, 2008
Director Credit
Amir Bar-Lev Director
Principal Cast Credit
Laura Olmstead Herself
Mark Olmstead Himself
Marla Olmstead Herself
Cast Credit
Amir Bar-Lev Himself
Anthony Brunelli Himself
Celeste Russi Cast
Elizabeth Cohen Herself
Jackie Wescott Herself
Jonathan Crosby Cast
Michael Kimmelman Himself
Ron Curtis Jr. Cast
Stuart Simpson Himself
Tara Sands Cast
Zane Olmstead Himself
Producer Credit
Amir Bar-Lev Producer
Andrew Ruhemann Co-Executive Producer
John Battsek Executive Producer
Richard Klein Executive Producer: BBC
Sara Nolan Associate Producer
Stephen Dunn Co-Producer