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My Kid Could Paint That -- A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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18 October 2007 (Australia) See more »
Tagline:
Inspiration or Manipulation? You Decide.
Plot:
A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Great mystery movie + my guess of who's really painting See more (27 total) »

Cast

 

Amir Bar-Lev ... Himself
Anthony Brunelli ... Himself
Elizabeth Cohen ... Herself
Jonathan Crosby ... (voice)
Ron Curtis Jr. ... (voice)
Michael Kimmelman ... Himself
Laura Olmstead ... Herself
Mark Olmstead ... Himself
Marla Olmstead ... Herself
Zane Olmstead ... Himself

Celeste Russi ... (voice)

Tara Sands ... (voice)
Stuart Simpson ... Himself
Jackie Wescott ... Herself

Directed by
Amir Bar-Lev 
 
Produced by
Amir Bar-Lev .... producer
John Battsek .... executive producer
Stephen Dunn .... co-producer
Richard Klein .... executive producer: BBC
Sara Nolan .... associate producer
Andrew Ruhemann .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rondo Brothers 
 
Cinematography by
Matt Boyd (director of photography)
Nelson Hume 
Bill Turnley 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Levine 
John W. Walter  (as John Walter)
 
Production Management
Christopher Kenneally .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Ryan Carroll .... sound recordist
Mark Garcia .... adr mixer
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... supervising sound editor: 701 Sound
Eric Offin .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Sacco .... dolby sound consultant
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor: 701 Sound
Ryan Zappin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Amir Bar-Lev .... additional camera operator
Bryan Donnell .... additional camera operator
Guy Fiorita .... additional camera operator
Jason Lelchuk .... additional camera operator
Rachel Libert .... additional camera operator
Jenna Rosher .... additional camera operator
Jenna Rosher .... camera operator
Laleh Soomekh .... additional camera operator
John W. Walter .... additional camera operator (as John Walter)
Dan Zappin .... additional camera operator
 
Animation Department
Anthony Kraus .... animator: Noisy Neighbor Productions
Stefan Nadelman .... animator: Tourist Pictures
 
Editorial Department
Anne Alvergue .... additional editor
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
Will Cox .... on-line editor: Final Frame
Penelope Falk .... additional editor
Liam Lawyer .... additional editor
Aaron Lubarsky .... additional editor
Sandy Patch .... assistant on-line editor
Gabriel Rhodes .... additional editor
Trevor Ristow .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Daniel .... music supervisor: Rock River Music
Mariusz Glabinski .... music editor
Jeff Booth Diamond Ring .... music licensing: Rock River Music (as Jeff Diamond)
Jeff Booth Diamond Ring .... music supervisor: Rock River Music (as Jeff Diamond)
 
Other crew
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... clearances (as Jessica Berman-Bogdan)
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... researcher (as Jessica Berman-Bogdan)
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
Peter Broderick .... consultant
Jonathan Crosby .... consultant
Carl Deal .... archival consultant
Winston Emano .... publicist
Craig A. Emanuel .... legal services: Loeb & Loeb (as Craig Emanuel)
David Fox .... legal services (as David Fox Esq.)
Steven Gravatt .... production intern
Jo Haslam .... production intern
Peter Jaszi .... legal services
Noah Kistler .... production intern
Julia Landau .... production intern
Melanie Vi Levy .... production intern (as Melanie Levy)
David Magdael .... publicist
Holly Cara Price .... clearances
Holly Cara Price .... researcher
Benjamin Rutkowski .... production intern
Steve C. Schechter .... legal services (as Steven C. Schechter)
Tina Shaerban .... production intern
Emi Takahara .... production intern
Stephen Trapp .... production intern
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for language
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82 min
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Quotes:
Amir Bar-Lev:[when Laura starts crying on camera on being doubted] I'm sorry that I brought this into your house.
Laura Olmstead:[bitterly] It's documentary gold.
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When I Paint My MasterpieceSee more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Great mystery movie + my guess of who's really painting, 8 November 2007
Author: tkelly-20 from United States

This is an exceptional movie that provides the evidence and leaves it to each viewer to decide the core mystery.

Does 4 year old Marla Olmstead paint her own modern art or is she being used by the adults around her? The documentary benefits from having begun before the 60 Minutes coverage, when the authenticity of Marla's work is unquestioned. The Olmsteads are a beautiful and loving family with two marvelous kids.

The filmmaker does a great job taking us inside their world as fame descends upon Marla. Then things really heat up when the 60 Minutes piece breaks- and the cameras are rolling on the parents as it airs.

The film does not decide for you but presents the evidence evenly, making it for me one of the most entertaining recent films.

My guess of who's really painting- The mother seems too sincere to be lying but dad appears a little shifty, and they say they work opposing shifts. The guy I suspect is really doctoring the paintings from childish to MOMA quality is the art gallery owner. There is a scene showing him doing hyper-realistic painting and he is clearly a great artist, but it also seems he may have a chip on his shoulder that he has not been recognized as a talent. They say in the movie that it's always the two men against the mother when it comes to making decisions about Marla's career, so I suspect these two are working together for the substantial financial rewards, while making it easy and technically true for Dad to say that he doesn't do the painting.

It will be interesting to see how Marla progresses artistically as she gets older and is no longer under her parent's or art dealer's control. She is certainly an engaging young girl and her story in fifteen years is potentially the subject of another film.

No matter who you choose to believe, this documentary is top notch.

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