My Kid Could Paint That

2007
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MY KID COULD PAINT THAT
My Kid Could Paint That
Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: October 5, 2007 | PG-13
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
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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Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Genre(s): Mystery, Documentary
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 82 min
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