UPDATED My Kid Could Paint That trailer
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Uploaded on Sep 24, 2007
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. "She is painting exactly as all the adult paintings have been in the past 50 years, but painting like a child, too. That is what everybody things but they don't dare to say it," said Oggi, the leading Italian weekly. 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.
Standard YouTube License
- 1:26 My Kid Could Paint That - Exclusive Clipby SonyPicturesDVDFeatured 13,338
- 2:02 "CHLOE" Official Trailer!by SonyPicturesClassics 135,214 views
- 2:12 MICMACS Official Trailer!by SonyPicturesClassics 132,301 views
- 1:33 THE ILLUSIONIST (2010) official movie trailer in HD!by SonyPicturesClassics 107,079 views
- 1:40 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus "A Little Bet"by SonyPicturesClassics 15,004 views
- 13:50 Jake: Math prodigy proud of his autismby CBSNewsOnline 994,508 views
- 9:17 Jan Lisiecki - The Reluctant Prodigy 1/2by Jan Lisiecki 51,243 views
- 16:18 Paul Bloom：快樂的起源 (中英雙字幕)by Archy Guo 7,975 views
- 114 videos Play all Documentariesby Poetlawyer06
- 7:16 Child Prodigies: Are They Born this Way or Cultivated? 2/23/2011by ABCNews 20,649 views
- 2:58 When Did This Become Art?by CBS 209,854 views
- 13:46 Aelita Andre - Prodigy of Color Exhibition in New York Cityby Aelita Andre 1,541,501 views
- 2:11 Aelita Andre, artist, aged 2by nicluvio 172,620 views
- 14:57 Aelita Andre painting Paris Mountainsby Aelita Andre 141,678 views
- 6:11 5 Year Old Prodigy Aelita Andre: A Secret Universe/ a solo exhibition 2012by AgoraGallery 460,873 views
- 5:33 ABSTRACT PAINTING TALENTED 5 YEARS OLD MAELby Mael Victory 33,380 views
- 2:42 THE SEVEN YEAR OLD SURGEONby firecrackerfilms 409,664 views
- 4:37 Gifted Indigo Child 01by NIBIRUrr 309,802 views
- 4:50 Michael Kimmelman on Art: Part 1 of 2by arthistoryvideos 8,425 views
- 2:56 Four-year old art prodigy exhibits solo show in New Yorkby telegraphtv 406,867 views
- 5:43 Clyfford Still: A Life in Paintingsby ClyffordStillMuseum 6,663 views
- Loading more suggestions...