An Official Selection of both the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, "My Kid Could Paint That" documents the rise and fall of four-year old artist Marla Olmstead. The film will be brought to DVD on March 4th by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In this thought-provoking documentary, Director Amir-Bar-Lev tracks the overnight celebrity of little Marla Olmstead, a toddler who creates gallery-worthy paintings on the dining room table of her family home.
According to her parents, Mark and Laura Olmstead, Marla began painting when she was only two. By the time she was four, her work had been exhibited at a gallery and she was profiled in The New York Times. Critics compared her work with Jackson Pollock’s and sales of her paintings reached $300,000.
But, sadly, the bubble burst.
When a 2005 profile by “60 Minutes” suggested 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 - with the burden of proof placed squarely in their lap.
Is Marla a child prodigy or an innocent victim of a hoax?
Bonus features will include deleted scenes, a mini-documentary with Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic for the New York Times, follow-up interviews and a Q & A from the Sundance Film Festival.
The Suggested Retail Price will be $24.96, although this should be widely available for less than nineteen dollars.