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My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That

Marla Olmstead was hailed as a prodigy at 4 years-old when her paintings – compared to Kandinsky, Pollock and even Picasso – started selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. When Marla sprang to fame her parents were sucked into the media frenzy, before being halted in their tracks by a ’60 Minutes’ piece which cast doubt over the authenticity of her paintings and the integrity of the family. In the face of the notoriety and backlash – which included personal assaults and threats – the family turned to director Amir Bar Lev to exonerate them. Is Marla a genius of abstract expressionism, a tiny charlatan, or an exploited child whose parents have sold her out for the glare of the media and the lure of the almighty dollar?

Director | producer Amir Bar-Lev
Co-producer Stephen Dunn
Executive producer John Battsek