DVD & Blu-ray Film of the Week

DVD Pick: My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That is a documentary that follows a young girl named Marla Olmstead, who gains fame as a child prodigy who can seemingly paint abstract art.

By the age of four, critics were comparing Marla’s work with Jackson Pollockโ€™s and sales of her paintings were reaching $300,000.

But after 2005 profile by ‘60 Minutes‘ suggested that Marla had help from her parents – in particular her father – the story became more complex. Was Marla a genuine child prodigy or the innocent victim of a hoax?

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (who made 2000’s Fighter) it is a fascinating film that deals with a number of interlocking subjects such as childhood, the nature of art and the mystery of authorship.

The DVD has a number of extras that help flesh out the mysteries of this intriguing tale including:

  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • ‘Back to Binghamton’ โ€“ a mini-doc with Director Amir Bar-Lev that includes follow-up interviews, Sundance Q & A, Binghamton Q & A, deleted scenes, etc.
  • ‘Kimmelman on Art’ โ€“ a mini-doc with the New York Times art critic

The film is out now on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Watch the trailer here:

> Buy the film from Amazon UK
> Official site
> My Kid Could Paint That at the IMDB