My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That

DVD - 2008
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Tracks the overnight celebrity of Marla Olmstead, a toddler who creates gallery-worthy paintings on the dining room table of her family home. Sales of her paintings reach $300,000. Then the bubble burst. When a 2005 profile by '60 minutes' suggests that Marla had help making her paintings, the finger is pointed at her father, an amateur artist and night manager at Frito Lay. Almost overnight, her family is ensnared in a web of accusation and denial - the burden of proof placed squarely in their lap. Is Marla a child prodigy or an innocent victim of a hoax?
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2008.
ISBN: 9781424883080
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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Dec 20, 2014

Engrossing documentary about a supposed child prodigy who, at the age of 5, was having her abstract paintings sold for tens of thousands of dollars. When her actual artistic abilities are called into question and people begin to suspect her father (also a painter) of helping her everything begins to fall apart. The exploitative amorality of art dealers as well as the naive gullibility of art collectors is explored in great depth. Furthermore the whole question of what constitutes “art”, especially in the area of abstract expression, is handled very well. The interviews with her parents are difficult to watch while the gallery owner who latches onto the family is sleaze personified.

Jan 14, 2013

This is the best type of documentary in that the filmmaker starts out telling one story and while filming, much to his surprise, another more interesting, sinister story emerges. Riveting.

Scout_WPL Oct 20, 2010

Great documentary for the discussion what is art? Is it the intention and concept or the public acceptance of the end result?

Too bad the documentary film maker was not more developed in the "art" of filmmaking. His inability to maintain a professional position takes away the authenticity found in most documentaries and moved me into feeling he too was marketing this child.

alleycat Jul 11, 2009

Fascinating documentary on what constitutes art ... little Marla is very sweet and really looks like she enjoys painting. Her father, however, looks (dare I say) shifty and increasingly nervous thoughout, but in the end we don't know truth from fiction. Thought-provoking stuff, and definitely worth watching.


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