My Kid Could Paint That


1h 22m 2007

Brief Synopsis

In the span of only a few months, 4-year-old Marla Olmstead rocketed from total obscurity into international renown--and sold over $300,000 dollars worth of paintings. She was compared to Kandinsky and Pollock, and called "a budding Picasso." Inside Edition, The Jane Pauley Show, and NPR did pieces,

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Biography
Documentary
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m

Synopsis

In the span of only a few months, 4-year-old Marla Olmstead rocketed from total obscurity into international renown--and sold over $300,000 dollars worth of paintings. She was compared to Kandinsky and Pollock, and called "a budding Picasso." Inside Edition, The Jane Pauley Show, and NPR did pieces, and The Today Show and Good Morning America got in a bidding war over an appearance by the bashful toddler. There was talk of corporate sponsorship, with the family fielding calls from The Gap and Crayola. But not all of the attention was positive. From the beginning, many faulted her parents for exposing Marla to the glare of the media and accused the couple of exploiting their daughter for financial gain. Others felt her work was, in fact, comparable to the great Abstract Expressionists--but saw this as emblematic of the meaninglessness of Modern Art. Through no intention of her own, Marla revived the age-old question, 'what is art?' And then, five months into Marla's new life as a celebrity and just short of her fifth birthday, a bombshell dropped. CBS' 60 Minutes aired an exposé suggesting strongly that the paintings were painted by her father, himself an amateur painter. As quickly as the public built Marla up, they tore her down. The New York Post asked whether "the juvenile Jackson Pollock may actually be a full-fledged Willem de Frauding," the Olmsteads were barraged with hate mail, ostracized around town, sales of the paintings dried up, and Marla's art dealer considered moving out of Binghamton. Embattled, the Olmsteads turned to the filmmaker to clear their name. Torn between his own responsibility as a journalist and the family's desire to see their integrity restored, the director finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a situation that can't possibly end well for him and them, and could easily end badly for both.

Crew

Anne Alvergue

Editing

B Arnovick

Song

Amir Bar-lev

Producer

Amir Bar-lev

Camera

Ary Barroso

Song

John Battsek

Executive Producer

Jessica Berman-bogdan

Researcher

Nick Bledsoe

Production

Matt Boyd

Cinematographer

Fila Brazillia

Song Performer

Peter Broderick

Consultant

Ryan Carroll

Sound Recordist

M Cichy

Song

Will Cox

Color Correction

Will Cox

On-Line Editor

Jonathan Crosby

Adr Voice Casting

Jonathan Crosby

Consultant

Jonny Cuba

Song

Xavier Cugat

Song Performer

Ron Curtis Jr.

Adr Voice Casting

Jeff Daniel

Music Supervisor

Carl Deal

Consultant

Jeff Diamond

Music Supervisor

Bryan Donnell

Camera

Stephen Dunn

Coproducer

Bob Dylan

Song Performer

Bob Dylan

Song

Penelope Falk

Editing

Guy Florita

Camera

Phi France

Song

Mariusz Glabinski

Post-Production Sound

Glenn Gould

Song Performer

Steven Gravatt

Production

Simon Green

Song

Arnovick J Greer

Song

J Greer

Song

Marlena Grzaslewicz

Post-Production Sound

Jo Haslam

Production

Kieran Mies David Hebden

Song

Nelson Hume

Cinematographer

Gunild Keetman

Song Performer

Chris Kenneally

Post-Production Supervisor

Noah Kistler

Production

Richard Klein

Executive Producer

Anthony Kraus

Animator

Julia Landau

Production

Liam Lawyer

Editing

Jason Leichuk

Camera

Michael Levine

Editor

Melanie Levy

Production

Rachel Libert

Camera

Aaron Lubarsky

Editing

Jonathan Maron

Song Performer

Cobby Mcsherry

Song

Jesse Neuman

Song Performer

Sara P Nolan

Associate Producer

Eric Offin

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Eric Offin

Music

Carl Orff

Song

Sandy Patch

On-Line Editor

Vadim Peare

Song

Holly Cara Price

Researcher

I Pudo

Song

Gabriel Rhodes

Editing

Trevor Ristow

Editing

Jenna Rosher

Camera

Nino Rota

Song

Andrew Ruhemann

Co-Executive Producer

Celeste Russi

Adr Voice Casting

Benjamin Rutkowski

Production

Paul Sacco

Consultant

Tara Sands

Adr Voice Casting

Tina Shaerban

Production

Laleh Soomekh

Camera

Ira Spiegel

Post-Production Sound

J Swinscoe

Song

Emi Takahara

Production

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Song Performer

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Song

The Mills Brothers

Song Performer

Cal Tjader

Song Performer

Stephen Trapp

Production

Bill Turnley

Cinematographer

John Walter

Camera

John Walter

Editor

J Why

Song

J Why

Song Performer

Dan Zappin

Camera

Ryan Zappin

Sound Recordist

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Biography
Documentary
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States Fall October 5, 2007

Released in United States January 2007

Released in United States on Video March 4, 2008

Released in United States September 2007

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Documentary) June 29 - July 7, 2007.

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 17-November 1, 2007.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Real To Reel) September 6-15, 2007.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Nonfiction Features of 2007) September 27-October 12, 2007.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide distribution rights for $1.8 million at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Documentary) June 29 - July 7, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 17-November 1, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Nonfiction Features of 2007) September 27-October 12, 2007.)

Released in United States January 2007 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) January 18-28, 2007.)

Released in United States Fall October 5, 2007

Released in United States on Video March 4, 2008

Released in United States September 2007 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Real To Reel) September 6-15, 2007.)