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My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

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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.

Director:

Amir Bar-Lev
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Credited cast:
Amir Bar-Lev ... Himself
Anthony Brunelli Anthony Brunelli ... Himself
Elizabeth Cohen Elizabeth Cohen ... Herself
Jonathan Crosby Jonathan Crosby ... (voice)
Ron Curtis Jr. Ron Curtis Jr. ... (voice)
Michael Kimmelman Michael Kimmelman ... Himself
Laura Olmstead Laura Olmstead ... Herself
Mark Olmstead Mark Olmstead ... Himself
Marla Olmstead Marla Olmstead ... Herself
Zane Olmstead Zane Olmstead ... Himself
Celeste Russi ... (voice)
Tara Sands ... (voice)
Stuart Simpson Stuart Simpson ... Himself
Jackie Wescott Jackie Wescott ... Herself
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Four year old Marla Olmstead from Binghamton, New York became the sensation of the art world for her abstract artwork, which have sold for thousands of dollars per piece. The showing of her work started off as a lark, but when the paintings sold without the buyers knowing who the artist was, the media began to run with the story. Through it all, Marla's parents, Mark Olmstead and Laura Olmstead, want to be grounded in what is best for their daughter while exposing her to whatever positive may come from the experience. But some negative and big name media also surfaces, some questioning whether Marla is the real artist behind the work, and some questioning exposing a four year old to such infamy. Regardless, the fact of this art selling brings up the legitimacy of abstract art being quantified as "quality", especially if a four year old can produce it but can't express the emotions or rationale behind its creation. Or is art truly in the eyes of the beholder? Regardless, money, in the ... Written by Huggo

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Inspiration or Manipulation? You Decide.


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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim Çocugum Basarabilir See more »

Filming Locations:

Binghamton, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,290, 7 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$231,274, 3 February 2008
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Features 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Always Be
Written by J Why
Performed by J Why & Jonathan Maron
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Well Done Documentary
24 January 2007 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to see this film at Sundance 2007. The filmmaker attended the (Salt Lake City) screening we went to, and graciously answered a lot of questions audience members had about it. As you can tell from the title and the plot summary, this was about a little 4 year old who seems to have a lot of talent for modern art. On the surface, there are a lot of questions raised about the nature of modern art, among other things, and that in itself would have made an interesting documentary. Refreshingly, about half way through the making of the documentary, 60 minutes did a story about this child and the result of that story changed the course of the documentary as well. I loved the way the filmmaker raised questions that he didn't answer...because he truly didn't know the answers. This was thoughtful and well done, and a thoroughly enjoyable filmgoing experience! I hope this has a measure of success.


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