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Excerpt from "My Kid Could Paint That," directed by Amir Bar-Lev
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] Do you want to do some painting or no?
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] Well, Daddy will set ... I'll set everything up. If you don't want to paint, you don't have to. Or you can do it, if you want to.
We need to get your little outfit.
Where did we put your little denim dress?
[Marla] I don't know.
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] You can do whatever you want with those paints.
[Laura Olmstead, Marla's mother] She's an uncomfortable kid, in general, and a sensitive kid. Her teachers told me she's the quietest one in the class. She doesn't loosen up very easily. You know, she's just a little introverted.
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] That's a lot of paint.
[Laura Olmstead, Marla's mother] When she paints is maybe one of the only times when you just see her fully release herself.
[Marla] What color did it make? Is it green?
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] Looks green to me.
[Laura Olmstead, Marla's mother] She's at her most natural when there's no camera, and she's not the center of the attention. Once you measure something, you alter it. And this is true, in a really big way, with a 4-year-old painting.
[Marla] Is it green enough now?
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] Oh, that's nice.
This is what happened last time we shot.
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] This is not ... no, this is not normal. Oh, man.
You guys are killing me.
[Amir Bar-Lev] I'm sorry.
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] No, that's all right. I get frustrated when she does it, because the only time she reacts ...
differently is when the camera is in front of her.
The first time, actually, was at Inside Edition, where they all just ... She did exactly the same thing.
She poured paint on top of paint, on top of paint, which she does, but usually she goes at it with a spatula or whatever.
Right, baby? She's still oblivious to it, doesn't care. And you know what? She'll go back at it and make ... She'll just go over it and make it nice, in all likelihood. At least, that's what I've seen.
[Marla] I'm still messy, I'm still messy.
[Mark Olmstead, Marla's father] But it's rare that she gets to the mud point.