Crip Video Productions
Independent films by Margot Cole
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Margot Cole is the founder of Crip Video Productions and has written and directed all of the films. As an actor she has performed with "Eldorado Children's Theater", "Umbrella Theater at Teatro Paraguas" (formerly "Southwest Children's Theater" where she first met JoJo Tarnoff), "TaDa Youth Theater" and "Keen Teens 2012". As a writer she won the "A Playwright Grows In Brooklyn" playwriting contest of 2009 at "BrooklynOne Theater". She is a member of "DISLABELED Film Series" https://dislabeledfilm.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DislabeledPhilly (formerly "DISLABELEDtv Productions"). She has done volunteer work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is featured in the full length documentary "Enter The Faun" http://www.enterthefaun.com/ created by Tamar Rogoff which is centered around actor/dancer Gregg Mozgala, bodywork, and Cerebral Palsy. She has known and worked with Gregg Mozgala since 2008. Margot has a mild form of Spastic Diplegia, Cerebral Palsy.

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Many of the characters in our films have Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy (often shortened to "CP") is a brain injury that happens before, during, or shortly after birth. It can be caused by lack of oxygen to the brain or conditions such as a fetal brain hemorrhage, which is similar to a stroke, but in most cases the reason for the brain damage is unknown. Cerebral Palsy affects the motor areas of the brain in a vast amount of ways depending on where the damage in the brain occurs. It usually causes the muscles to be too tight (spastic) or too loose because the brain signals are constantly being misfired throughout the person's entire life. The misfiring can lead to issues with balancing, coordination, speech, proprioception, body alignment, and even a life long retaining of certain infant reflexes such as the Moro Reflex. The Moro Reflex is the startle reflex in babies and usually disappears when the baby is under 6 months of age but people with CP can have it as children and adults. It is essentially a built in pre programed fear of falling. CP can affect one side of the body (called hemiplegia) or both sides of the body. Every case of Cerebral Palsy is unique and can range from being so mild that it is almost unnoticeable to being so severe that the person uses a wheelchair full time. Most people with Cerebral Palsy in media are portrayed as having the more severe types so we at Crip Video Productions are interested in raising awareness of the experiences of those with more mild to moderate cases of CP.

Please note: While Crip Video Productions would love to work with/cast people who have moderate to severe mental or emotional disabilities we are simply not set up to accommodate them at this time. We are also unable to add audio description to the films for the blind/visually impaired at the moment due to limited resources but we are working hard to remedy the situation. We sincerely apologize. We mainly cast and work with people who have a variety of physical impairments.

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