Sunday, March 9, 2008

My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That arrives on DVD this week. It's a pretty interesting documentary about Marla Olmstead, the painter from Binghamton, N.Y., whose abstract oil paintings were selling for five-figure amounts. When she was four.

It appears as though the filmmaker set out to make a fairly benign human interest story on the little girl's rise to fame. During production of the film, though, a 60 Minutes expose raises some doubt about whether or not the father of the young girl has been helping her with her homework. The film leaves the question unanswered, but along the way raises interesting issues about parenting, authenticity, exploitation, honesty, truth, and responsibility.

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