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MY KID COULD PAINT THAT
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Marla Olmstead, Laura Olmstead, Mark Olmstead, Amir Bar-Lev
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Countries: USA / UK
USA: 82 mins
UK: 84 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for language
UK Certificate: 12A contains strong language
USA Release Date: 5 October 2007 (Limited Release)
UK: Release Date: 14 December 2007 (Limited Release - London, West End)
MY KID COULD PAINT THAT is a documentary that takes a look at 4 year old Marla Olmstead, who was declared a child prodigy painter, a "budding Picasso", and a "pint sized Pollock" by international media. 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 worth of abstract paintings.
Then following a CBS 60 MINUTES investigative report that cast doubt on the authenticity of her work, her family's world changed overnight. Director Amir Bar-Lev, who became close to the Olmsteads during the duration of filming, scrutinizes our obsession with prodigies, explores the complex debate over what consitutes a work of art, and even goes on to examine the ethics of documentary story-telling.