Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Documentary Filmmaker Shies From Spotlight

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The only bright lights one documentary filmmaker wants to see are the ones behind his camera.

Amir Bar-Lev is the writer and director of My Kid Could Paint That, the controversial story of Marla Olmstead, a four-year-old painting prodigy who drew negative national attention when it was suspected her father helped her muster up her abstract art masterpieces.

Despite his film’s strong showing at the Sundance Film Festival, to Bar-Lev, red carpet dreams and the Hollywood highlife are ridiculous.

He says, “I don’t like being a public figure to the tiny extent I am with this film. It’s the devil’s bargain – I want publicity for my film but I don’t know whether the good outweighs the bad.”

And while Bar-Lev hopes the film speaks for itself, he’s not lounging around backstage.

Bar-Lev says, “I don’t look to be relaxed by films, I look to be stimulated. But my favorite movie of all time is This Is Spinal Tap. I can recite any scene, much to my fiance’s dismay!”

My Kid Could Paint That hits theaters October 5.

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