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My Kid Could Paint That Details

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Most four-year-olds make paintings that hang on the refrigerator in their parents' kitchen, but by that age Marla Olmstead already had her first gallery show in Binghamton, NY. Born in 2000, Marla 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 Marla'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. Marla'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 Marla is following her own muse or taking instruction from her parents. Others have debated the validity of reviews comparing her work to Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, and a few have asked if Marla's parents are the art world equivalent of stage mothers, pushing their child and exploiting her talents for their own benefit. Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev 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

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

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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