Four year old Marla Olmstead became a media phenomenon in 2005 when her abstract canvasses became the fastest selling artwork in America with pieces fetching prices upwards to $24,000. However, as is always the case with modern media darlings, she was labeled a fraud as fast as she was hailed as a prodigy, when the authorship of her work started to come into question. Was little Marla truly a "pint sized Picasso," or was she just another media fraud?
And so with hate mail and death threats pouring in daily, the Olmstead's turned to documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, who was already in the process of documenting little Marla's career. Torn between his duty as an objective journalist and his admiration for the Olmstead family, My Kid Could Paint That, ends up being as much a scathing critique of modern America as a story of how a four year old divided the modern art world.
My Kid Could Paint That opens on October 5th '07.
Trailer: My Kid Could Paint That