Jun 4, 2008
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
Rated Not Rated, 81 min.
Part of the Sundance Institute Film Series
Is four-year-old Marla Olmstead a child prodigy? This bashful little girl from a middle-class family in Binghamton, New York, rocketed from total obscurity to international renown and sold more than $300,000 worth of paintings. Is Marla a genius of abstract expressionism, or an innocent victim exploited by her parents for fame and the almighty dollar? Deftly interweaving multiple narrative threads, My Kid Could Paint That scrutinizes society's obsession with child prodigies, explores the complex debate over what makes something art, questions the media's creation and subsequent destruction of heroes, and even examines the ethics of documentary storytelling. Bar-Lev's film, a portrait of the artist as a young girl, is itself a fascinating work of art.
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