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My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That

Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev chronicles the rise and fall of New York-based child artist Marla Olmstead. Marla was four years old when her middle class parents sold her first abstract painting. Thanks to press coverage she became an overnight sensation, her paintings receiving comparisons to works by modern masters. All may not, however, have been what it seemed in the Olmstead household, and Bar-Lev unpeels this peculiar mystery that plays to our culture’s fascination with child prodigies. Fascinating stuff.

GFT, Glasgow, Mon 4 & Tue 5 Feb.

My Kid Could Paint That

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 83 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amir Bar-Lev
  • Written by: Amir Bar-Lev

Fascinating documentary which charts the rise and fall of four-year-old painting prodigy Marla Olmstead. Raised in New York Marla's parents started praising her genius and selling her abstract work for exorbitant sums when she was just four years old, but things may not have been what they seemed.


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