|Crip Video Productions|
|Independent films by Margot Cole|
"Russian embedded dolls where layers of representation keep appearing-that is what resonates in this complex and provocative film "A Stroke Of Endurance" written and directed by Margot Cole, which provides a window into the disability experience and the thoughts and attitudes of ableism. Margot Cole reveals herself to be a multi faceted artist (observing of life, writer, actor, and director).
In this her latest production released on Youtube, a group of college students, some with disabilities, some without-learn their professor has suffered a devastating stroke, leaving them temporarily unmoored.
Ms. Cole also acts in the film as the central character Ava, in a flashback scene of her encounter with a college counselor who is clueless about her. Feeling offended by the counselor's rude and condensing attitude and the counselor's insistence that because Ava is physically disabled, she should major in disability studies, Ava indignantly departs the counselling session.
We next view Ava lamenting over Professor Ben's stroke. She believes it was possibly a result of her silently cursing him, and wishing him dead, because of her dismay over the high cost of a textbook, that Professor Ben had explained, was for required reading. Following the professor's return to the classroom, his students observe him struggling with a difficult recovery. Classmate Alice suggests that Ava might help Professor Ben manage the disabling effects of his stroke by sharing her experience of living with a disability. Alice explains that it "doesn't overcome your life" and in fact one "can actually thrive in spite of a handicap". Ms. Cole imbues her theatre of life with karmic restitution as Professor Ben gratefully accepts Ava's help. Their disabilities inform their relationship showing how endurance and coping with challenges, foster strength.
Ms. Cole presents to her viewers, through a lens of subjective experiences, the broad spectrum of abilities and disabilities both in herself and in others. Her graceful beauty enhances the dynamic and powerful insights in this film. - Geraldine Pauling (disabled psychologist) NYC 9/09/17
"Fantastic, I didn't know what to expect, but Fantastic" - Unknown. Praise for "Only Those Who Limp Allowed"
"Margot Cole is appreciated by many, either directly and affectionately by those who know her personally, or indirectly by how her message resonates for people who face extraordinary challenges in managing their everyday tasks. Cole's understanding of the disability process for many living with the constant struggle to overcome huge obstacles is reflected in the video, "Crips Not Creeps".
Her insights as creator and director express the reality of many with special needs who are viewed for their differences by a public that evades seeing shared similarities. Her very clever video presentation also depicts another kind of disability-a disability of the mind that some people with physical handicaps might also have. When one of her main characters, acting from jealousy, resorts to seeking revenge against his rival (who must then defend himself against a false accusation) Cole skillfully brings into focus the far reaching consequences that such personal harassment can have.
As a young independent film director and author, Margot Cole has a very promising future: her message expresses riveting truths that affect us all". - Geraldine Pauling Film Psychohistorian NYC - 2/24/15 Praise for "Crips Not Creeps"
"Hi Margot, and thank you very much for inviting me to watch your film :) I like the idea of showing how you guys are having a social life just like anyone and connecting to each other and to other people despite your disabilities! you have chosen a sweet music to start with; it give feeling of happiness and freshness <3 your actors are handsome Brandon, Randy and even Madison's new boyfriend! I love it and I'm so proud that I have met you because you have showed me a beautiful world that include lovely, intelligent and talent people like you. you told me in the class that not all of you are Christy Brown; I think you, with your awesome personality and talent, are capable to achieve greater success than Brown. I'm strongly waiting to see your next films. (I saw Drama Sighted, Only Those Who Limp Allowed, and Crips Not Creeps). Amina" - Amina
"Margot, You were so eloquent and down to earth in the Q and A. My daughter was really impressed and I am sure all of the others were too. You rock! Michael" - Michael Sheppard, praise in response to our a screening on July 29 2015 at Big Sky Learning.
"Hi Margot, I admire how brave you are. As a person with disabilities like myself I think it is great that you are raising awareness. Your short films are great and very interesting. I would not be surprised if you have your own show down the line." - Victoria Soto
Crip Video Productions was mentioned on Save Lilo & Stitch/Save Disney Shows multiple times.
Crip Video Productions/Margot Cole mentioned on Enter The Faun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbKLoVaXYwE (see 26 minutes into video)
Only Those Who Limp Allowed on Facebook
Press about our public screenings
http://www.broadwayworld.com/albuquerque/article/Crips-Video-Productions-to-Screen-Three-Films-at-Teatro-Paraguas-20150422 https://www.facebook.com/CUNYkcc/posts/969029189783486 https://www.facebook.com/KCCBEST/posts/10153245299354841
Crip Video Productions founder Margot Cole was interviewed via podcast on Able PathwaysMedia
Press and reviews for "A Stroke Of Endurance"
Crip Video Productions director, Margot Cole featured in a video about Lawrence Carter Long, a disability rights activist, that was filmed in 2010. She is seen about 3:02 to 3:15 minutes on the video.
Our director, Margot Cole and Crip Video Productions featured in "The Scepter" newspaper April 2017 issue
Margot director of Crip Video Productions wrote about our creative process including casting disabled actors and writing stories about disability for Disabled Spectator