Crip Video Productions
Independent films by Margot Cole
News

August 28, 2017

We now have a rough cut of "A Stroke Of Endurance". The special effects, music, and color correction editing for "A Stroke Of Endurance" begin after September 4th. Margot director of Crip Video Productions also wrote about our creative process including casting disabled actors and writing stories about disability for "Disabled Spectator" http://disabledspectator.com/disabled-filmmaker-margot-cole/

July 10, 2017

We are now 95% done with shooting our newest film "A Stroke Of Endurance". Despite some issues casting very early in the production and some technical issues that made things a bit disorganized, this was by far our quickest and easiest bunch of shoot days Crip Video Productions has had. The place we shot the footage at was absolutely amazing about giving us permission to shoot. The cast was a wonderful, talented, diverse group of different abilities,races and ages. Then when we had technical difficulties the cast was generous enough to shoot some of the footage themselves with our direction. In this way the cast got to experience more than one aspect of film shooting. The cast taught us about various disabilities we hardly knew about,including invisible disabilities and invisible conditions. We are going to miss seeing each other on a regular basis. Thanks to them we hope to make a film that will help many others! In between the shooting process we had multiple screenings and teaching opportunities using previous Crip Video Productions films. Even though casting for "A Stroke Of Endurance" has ended if anybody is interested in being involved in future projects as an actor, or helping with "A Stroke Of Endurance" in other ways please use our contact page to let us know. Keep checking this page and our blog for production updates.

February 22, 2017

Crip Video Productions is finally announcing our brand new film "A Stroke Of Endurance" The film is about a disabled college student who has Cerebral Palsy and her classmates who must deal the physical and emotional ramifications of their professor becoming disabled in the middle of the semester when they least expect it. The film will be roughly 17 minutes long, and will feature some brand new abled bodied and physically disabled characters. Here is the list of the characters we need to cast.

PROFESSOR BEN: Male. 30s to 40s. Can be of any race. Has a gentle nature and is slightly stubborn. He has a mild stroke so he has a slight motor and sensory disability but can walk and speak very clearly. His mental functions i.e mental abilities and speech are NOT affected. Disabled actor highly preferred but not mandatory.

ALICE: Female. 20s. She has strong Christian faith and is a voice of reason. African American actress preferred. Able bodied actress preferred but not mandatory.

ADVISOR: Female. 30s to 40s. Able bodied. Rude and condescending. Can be of any race.

PROFESSOR 1: Female prefered. 40s. Able Bodied. White. Has very thick southern accent.

PROFESSOR 2: 30s to 40s. Can be male or female but male highly preferred. Can be of any race. Able bodied. Speaks in loud voice and likes to show off. Is a bit obnoxious.

PARANOID STUDENT: Female. 20s. Sweet and often talks in quick, frantic voice.

BIG MOUTH STUDENT: Male. 20s. Able Bodied actor preferred. Very blunt. Says whatever is on his mind but has good intentions.

STUDENT 1: 20s. Can be male or female. Can be of any race. Able bodied actor preferred.

STUDENT 2: 20s. Can be male or female. Can be of any race. Able bodied actor preferred.

STUDENT 3: 20s. Can be male or female. Can be of any race. Able bodied actor preferred.

DISABLED STUDENT 1: 20s. Has physical disability. Can be male or female. Can be of any race. Disabled actor preferred.

DISABLED STUDENT 2: 20s. Has physical disability. Can be male or female. Can be of any race. Disabled actor preferred.

DISABLED STUDENT 3: 20s. Has physical disability. Can be male or female. Can be of any race. Disabled actor preferred.

This film will also likely require a mix of young adult disabled and able bodied extras. Please let us know if you would like to be an extra? Please provide phone number, email address, and photo if possible when emailing the address(es) below. All scenes will be shot in south Brooklyn, New York City (NYC). All scenes will be shot in accessible locations. Non-professional actors as well as professional actors welcomed. No acting experience required. PLEASE NOTE: This is a very low budget project so actors must be willing to work PRO BONO (no pay)! However some food will be provided and the actors will receive free DVD copies of the finished film (as many copies as they wish). Rehearsals and shooting will take place around June/July 2017. I hope to release the film onto YouTube and this blog in late 2017 or early 2018 depending on how fast the post production process is. If you, or anyone you know, is interested please contact us ASAP at casting@cripvideoproductions.com

If you are unsure of how to contact us please see our contact page. All casting information for the new film is provided via our blog here http://cripvideoproductions.tumblr.com/post/157585455766/a-stroke-of-endurance-casting-call

November 2, 2016

Today Crip Video Productions was invited to screen "Crips Not Creeps" for the Kingsborough Community College Diversity Film Festival today after the success of our screening of "Only Those Who Limp Allowed" at the same Diversity Festival in October 2015. Our director Margot Cole and our wonderful actor Dustin Jones who plays Frank in the film were originally going to do a Q&A together after the screening but because of circumstances far beyond our control Margot Cole attended the event herself. During the Q&A there was mostly discussion about the film production like editing and diverse casting practices. Disability is the most diverse minority there is after all, because it can affect anybody of any group or minority globally at any time. A new fan of ours expressed interest in another screening and we hope these plans may someday come to fruition. Special thanks to Kingsborough! Our apologizes for the lack of recent updates to this news page.

October 28, 2015

Crip Video Productions was invited to screen "Only Those Who Limp Allowed" for the Diversity Film Festival at Kingsborough Community College this morning. We had a large turnout and had a Q&A where we discussed disability in relation to romantic relationships, difference, including difference of opinion within the disability community and the meaning behind the word "Crip". People had all kinds of good feedback for us and asked brave honest questions. We hope showing our work at this festival will lead to more outreach opportunities. Special thanks to KCC and all of the audience members for coming!! I also apologize to our fans that our last few screenings could not be advertised to the general public. The last few screenings were specialized screenings which accounts for why they were not mentioned prior to happening. All future special screenings will be mentioned after the fact. As soon as we have another screening for the general public however, we promise you will be notified via our screenings page, blog and social media.

October 16, 2015

Crip Video Productions has been doing a lot of outreach work in the past 24 hours. Last night we were invited to a charity event for a Russian-American disability related arts foundation and screened a portion of "Crips Not Creeps" Then today we were invited to speak to a self advocacy and independence class for young adults who are physically and mentally disabled where we screened all 3 of our films and had a Q&A. It seemed like the films resonated with the students because we had an interesting and honest discussion after each film. It is our hope that we have inspired these students to keep open minds and make their needs known.

October 8, 2015

Today we had a screening of the "Crips Not Creeps" trailer as part of a private educational talk about Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injuries. Most of what was discussed revolved around the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy and living a full life with a brain injury. There needs to be more awareness of how Cerebral Palsy affects balance and reflexes. We are thrilled and honored that our films can be used to educate and inform as well as entertain!

July 29, 2015

We had an amazing screening of Crips Not Creeps at Big Sky Learning in Santa Fe New Mexico tonight! It was a huge success! We had a large turnout and the questions the audience asked were fantastic! Special thanks to Michael Sheppard, JoJo Tarnoff, Jeff Tarnoff, Walei Sabry and everybody else that came to watch!

June 25, 2015

A new Press page has been added to this website. Please check it out. We have also confirmed a new screening of our newest film "Crips Not Creeps" on July 29th 2015 at 5:00pm at a high school in Santa Fe New Mexico as part of Big Sky Learning where Walei Sabry and Margot Cole plan to do another Q&A. If you live in Santa Fe and are interested please contact us via email on our contact page, as we are promoting to the Santa Fe area only (instead of nationwide like with the Teatro Paraguas screening) and are unsure of how many people we can fit in the space we were given. The screening is mostly for those connected to Big Sky Learning. If something changes we will keep you all updated.

May 16, 2015

Tonight we had our screening at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe New Mexico. It was a smashing success despite a slightly lower turnout due to snow. We did a Q&A via Skype with our founder Margot Cole and our music composer Walei Sabry. Somebody offered to set up a second screening in the same general area at some time in the future so check our screening page regularly for updates for another chance to see us in public!

May 4, 2015

Crip Video Productions founder Margot Cole was interviewed by Able Pathways Media about the making of the films, our mission, and our Santa Fe New Mexico screening! Listen to the interview here http://www.ablepathwaysmedia.com/a-talk-with-margot-cole/

April 28, 2015

This morning my college screened "Drama Sighted" and "Crips Not Creeps" for their Disability Awareness week! The screening was a huge success! We were able to discuss issues like bullying and Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for disabled students as well as spread awareness of Cerebral Palsy and Juvenile Macular Degeneration. I apologize that we could not release a flyer or press release for the college screening. There was limited space so I had to only advertise on the campus itself. Please check out our screenings page for more opportunities to see my films screened in public settings.

April 20, 2015

"Drama Sighted", "Only Those Who Limp Allowed" and "Crips Not Creeps" are all being screened in public at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe New Mexico on May 16 2015 at 6:00pm MDT. Please see our screenings page for more info. Our founder Margot Cole will also be doing a podcast interview about Crip Video Productions that will be released online soon.

March 4, 2015

A new screenings page has been added to this website. Check it out!

February 4, 2015

The enhanced version of "Crips Not Creeps" has been added to the "Crips Not Creeps" page of this website.

February 1, 2015

A high visual quality enhanced version of "Crips Not Creeps" has been created and uploaded today. This version was created using a stablization tool built into YouTube. We had to make an alternate video to make sure the file works/plays properly and had to change the opening titles on the enhanced version so the enhancement tool wouldn't make the credits bounce around the screen. We do not know if the original version will remain online or not so please stay tuned for possible updates to this site. We apologize that the enhanced version is NOT open captioned. The enhancement tool makes the captions completely unreadable. We will keep the older lower visual quality video with the open captions online for our deaf and hard of hearing fans. The response to "Crips Not Creeps" has been hugely positive so far.

January 30, 2015

"Crips Not Creeps" has been posted online. See it on the "Crips Not Creeps" page of this website!

December 9, 2014

The official trailer for "Crips Not Creeps" has been released online! Check out the Extras page on this website to view the trailer.

December 1, 2014

An official trailer for "Crips Not Creeps" has been made. We will color/sound correct it, add open captions, then release the trailer in a few weeks, prior to the release of the film itself. The music issues are closer to being resolved.

November 16, 2014

We are making a trailer for "Crips Not Creeps" that will have open captions for the deaf. I am learning how to edit audio clips in iMovie 11 for the trailer. We are still fine tuning the music.

October 5, 2014

There might be a slight delay in making the music for "Crips Not Creeps" because of technical issues. We are hoping to resolve it in 2 or 3 weeks. I am able to at least use rough versions of the songs to edit the visual sequences correctly.

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