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My Kid Could Paint That

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
My Kid Could Paint That
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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?
Title: My kid could paint that
[videorecording]
Published: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 83 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Documentary.
Program content: c2007.
Special features: Audio commentary; back to Binghamton; Michael Kimmelman on art.
Summary: 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?
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 (parents strongly cautioned some material may be inappropriate for children under 13) for language.
Terms Of Use: This disc is copy-protected.
Awards & Distinctions: Toronto International Film Festival, official selection; Sundance Film Festival, official selection.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 1424883083
9781424883080
Branch Call Number: DVD 704.083 MY
Statement of Responsibility: Sony Pictures Classics ; A&E Indie Films ; in association with BBC ; an Axis Films and Passion Pictures production ; produced and directed by Amir Bar-Lev
Credits: Directors of photography, Matt Boyd, Nelson Hume, Bill Turnley ; editors, Michael Levine, John Walter.
Performers: Featuring Marla Olmstead.
System Details: DVD; Region 1; anamorphic widescreen presentation, 1.78:1 aspect ratio; mastered in high definition; Dolby digital 5.0 surround.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
In English with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Thai.
Subject Headings: Olmstead, Marla Video recordings. Child artists Video recordings. Painting Video recordings. Fraud Video recordings. Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Documentary videos.
Films for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Child artists
Painting
Fraud
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher No: 22519
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Jan 14, 2013
  • ThelmaPickles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 20, 2010
  • Scout_WPL rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

May 16, 2010
  • alleycat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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