My Kid Could Paint That
In the span of only a few months, four-year-old Marla Olmstead rocketed from total obscurity to international renown – and sold over $300,000 worth of paintings doing so. Likened to Kandinsky, Pollock and Picasso, she was the subject of media intrigue from outlets from NPR to Good Morning America, and fielded sponsorship bids from The Gap and Crayola. But not all of the attention was positive. Many criticized Marla’s parents for exposing her to media glare and accused them of exploiting her for financial gain. Others saw her work as emblematic of the meaninglessness of Modern Art. The film takes place after the airing of a CBS’ 60 Minutes exposè implicating that the paintings were painted by her father, and the flurry of media backlash that ensued. “My Kid Could Paint That” examines the controversy and takes a hard look at the age-old question, ‘what is art?’
About the Filmmaker
Bar-Lev’s directorial debut, “Fighter” (2001) was named one of the top documentaries of the year by Newsweek, The Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and several other major publications. It won 6 international awards. “Fighter” was released theatrically in the fall of 2001, and aired on the Independent Film Channel. After “Fighter” and before beginning “My Kid Could Paint That,” Bar-Lev served as a creator and Executive Producer on several pilots, including “Remix,” a DJ competition show for SpikeTV, and VH1’s “Party Crashing in Cannes,” which saw his “Fighter” partner, Alex Mamlet (aka Kid Protocol) joining Nicole Kidman on the Cannes Film Festival’s famous red carpet. Bar-Lev also produced and helped develop VH1’s “Fabulous Life” and the Weather Channel’s series, “It Could Happen Tomorrow.” The pilot episode focused on the hurricane danger facing New Orleans and was shot only a few months before Hurricane Katrina.