A DVD review from The Movie Snob.
my kid could paint that (B). You never know when you might find a gem in the $3 DVD bin at Big Lots! I picked up this 2007 documentary and gave it a watch. It’s pretty good. It’s about a four-year-old girl named Marla Olmstead, who became famous in 2004-2005 for her abstract paintings. Her paintings came to the attention of an artist and dealer in her hometown of Binghamton, New York, and then her story got picked up by the local newspaper, The New York Times, and then the national news shows including 60 Minutes. Her paintings began selling for thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars. But then the 60 Minutes piece aired, calling into question Marla’s parents’ claims that she painted her paintings by herself, without her father’s help. Where does the truth lie? You’ll have to watch the movie and draw your own conclusions. I didn’t really care for the way the filmmaker himself became personally involved in the story, but on the whole I thought it was an interesting and enjoyable movie. And it’s only 83 minutes, so it’s not a huge time commitment.