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Most four-year-olds make paintings that hang on the refrigerator in their parents' kitchen, but by that age [[Performer~P505221~Marla Olmstead~marlaolmstead]] already had her first gallery show in Binghamton, NY. Born in 2000, [[Performer~P505221~Marla~marlaolmstead]] first picked up a paint brush when she was a year old, following the example of her father, an amateur painter, and soon the tyke was creating large canvases with unexpected skill and enthusiasm. Her father gave one of [[Performer~P505221~Marla~marlaolmstead]]'s paintings to a friend who owned a coffee shop, and when a customer offered to buy the piece for 250 dollars, the pre-kindergartner began a career as a professional artist. [[Performer~P505221~Marla~marlaolmstead]]'s work has been displayed around the United States and her paintings fetch as much as 25,000 dollars each, but some have questioned if [[Performer~P505221~Marla~marlaolmstead]] is following her own muse or taking instruction from her parents. Others have debated the validity of reviews comparing her work to [[Performer~P56661~Pablo Picasso~pablopicasso]] and Jackson Pollock, and a few have asked if [[Performer~P505221~Marla~marlaolmstead]]'s parents are the art world equivalent of stage mothers, pushing their child and exploiting her talents for their own benefit. Documentary filmmaker [[Performer~P328576~Amir Bar-Lev~amirbarlev]] examines young artist, her work and the controversy behind it in his film My Kid Could Paint That, which was an official selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 5, 2007

Cast

Michael Kimmelman
as Chief Art Critic, New York Times
Tara Sands
Anthony Brunelli
as Gallery Owner
Jonathan Crosby
Amir Bar-Lev
Celeste Russi
Mark Olmstead
as Marla's Father
Laura Olmstead
as Marla's Mother
Zane Olmstead
as Marla's Little Brother
Marla Olmstead

Crew

Amir Bar-Lev
Director
Amir Bar-Lev
Producer
Nelson Hume
Cinematographer
Bill Turnley
Cinematographer
Matt Boyd
Cinematographer
Eric Offin
Composer (Music Score)
John Walter
Editor
Michael Levine
Editor
Stephen P. Dunn
Co-producer
Stephen Dunn
Co-producer
Sara Nolan
Associate Producer
John Battsek
Executive Producer
Richard Klein
Executive Producer
Andrew Ruhemann
Co-Executive Producer
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