Friday, November 24, 2017

#autistichistorymonth #astrokeofendurance #cripvideoproductions

Since February 2017 Margot Cole of Crip Video Productions has been working on A stroke of endurance - a film about how students deal with their professor developing a stroke in the middle of the semester at their university.

We meet various students and we see the film through the eyes of Ava. Ava has many friends with and without disabilities. She studies biology as one of her classes and that is how she and Professor Ben meet.

The film was released by Rich Brotman, an authorised Crip Video Productions distributor, on the 22nd November 2017. A great film for Thanksgiving / the late-November study rush.

The opening music really put me into the picture as did the credits.

There were some great scenes of a busy and accessible campus.

Seeing Professor Ben gradually develop a disabled identity was very powerful, with Ava's help and the rest of the students.

And, yes, professors do get accommodations. Being dizzy does affect the material conditions and major life activity of teaching and learning, so I hope it would not be denied on that basis.

Loved the way that Ava and Ben show that this life is all about learning.

The students reminded me of well-known people like Emily Ladau and Vilissa Thompson, who when they were students themselves, were activists in various capacities.

Halfway through the film was very satisfying. We see Ben at work.

The students' initial reactions were very real especially the pigtailed student.

Hoping to see a more accessible version of the film. The current version had auto-generated Spanish captions. Maybe for International Persons with a Disability Day on the 3rd December 2017?

The "faith" part of the film came across when Ben asked for prayers - "if you pray".

And the "friendships" and "endurance" ran together beautifully.

One thing - Jorgiana Cole is a very good choreographer and cinematographer.

I think the one swear I heard was "frack". Fracking is a very dirty word for a dirty thing - unconventional shoal gas.

[I'd wondered if there were any environmentalists in A stroke of endurance...]

Walei Sabry: what music went with what characters? Was there an "Ava's theme" and a "Professor Ben theme"? What about when the students were together?

The film used 21st century technology for post-production like iPhones from the cast.


Crip Video Productions said...

Hi, It took me awhile to find your blog about the film. Thank you for the commentary and for taking the time to write an entire blog on the film! To answer your question: The open captioned version will be uploaded right before Christmas(I'm creating it now). And an audio described version will be uploaded in 2018. Sorry for the delay. We had to upload the versions separately to speed production up.

For everybody reading this: You can't view a "A Stroke Of Endurance" via our official site here (accessible versions will be added to the same page!)

Adelaide Dupont said...


I understand about speeding production up.

I remember that a few months ago there were significant production difficulties.

Thank you for letting the reader of Halfway up Rysy Peak know about the open caption version of A stroke of endurance in 2017. What a wonderful Christmas present for us all.

And of course! Always view through the official website and the approved channels.

It's been great to see you talking about The little mermaid on Tonia says.

Crip Video Productions said...

Thanks so much Adelaide! We appreciate your understanding of our production needs! I shared your review on the Crip Video Productions blog with the blog name mentioned as you specified. If you would like me to make any changes to the blog post let me know?

There's also a blooper video about the production of "A Stroke Of Endurance" that will be uploaded around the same time as the open captioned version. Your viewers will have to watch the film to discover whether the Professor learns he can indeed get accommodations for work, the answer is at the very end of the film. :)

I'm so glad you liked my comments on "Tonia Says"! Have you read her latest "The Fosters" review?

OskarAndBianka said...

Very nice article !!!
this information will definitely be useful
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Adelaide Dupont said...

Oskar and Bianka:

good to catch up with you.

It would be good to connect with Ordinary couple living an unordinary life - which is what I think your blog is called.


I have not yet seen the blooper video. There are several The Fosters reviews that I have read - though not commented on - since.

PS: I have looked at the Kingsborough Community College screening premiere.

Crip Video Productions said...

Hi Adelaide Dupont:

The open captioned version of "A Stroke Of Endurance" along with open captioned bloopers and trailers have been released and can be accessed through the Crip Video Productions website under the "films" tab and "extras page". Thanks again for your review!

Claudia Michon said...

Very well written article!

Adelaide Dupont said...

Thank you Claudia.

I saw your Influenster work and I thought it was great. It's a good blogging start for you.

There is a group called "Follow Each Other".

What did you think of the hair and makeup in A Stroke of Endurance? And the lighting?

Influenster seems like an interesting app and a 21st-century take on the lookbook.

I liked the way you used bullet points and action words/verbs.

I was wondering if there was a percentage measurement for people to feel some sort of completion?

Crip Video Productions said...

Hi Adelaide,

"A Stroke Of Endurance" is having a screening in March 2018 in New Mexico USA. Screening is accessible. Here is the info in case any readers are interested:
Teatro Paraguas in collaboration with Crip Video Productions, presents screenings of “A Stroke Of Endurance” a film about friendship, faith, and endurance.
Dates: Saturday March 24th 2018 at 7:00pm. & Sunday March 25th 2018 at 2:00pm. Located at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie suite B, Santa Fe New Mexico USA.
Synopsis: A college student with Cerebral Palsy named Ava and her classmates must deal with the emotional and physical ramifications when their professor has a stroke that leaves him disabled in the middle of the semester when they least expect it.
Crips Video Productions makes short independent films that increase understanding of disability through engaging characters and storytelling. The films are created by people with disabilities and are written, directed and produced by Margot Cole, (a former student of The Childrens Theatre and a graduate of Kingsborough Community College in New York). For more info: Teatro Paraquas
For questions email or use our website contact page.

Crip Video Productions said...

Hi Adelaide,

The audio described versions of all Crip Video Productions films have been released.

"Drama Sighted"

Crips Not Creeps:

Only Those Who Limp Allowed:

A Stroke of Endurance:

Thanks so much!

Brian said...

That sure sounds like it was very well done production!

Adelaide Dupont said...

Hi Brian and the cats in your life,

I've appreciated all the linkups you make every day, and of course your contributions to Astrid's blog [I believe you replied when you saw one of my comments there in mid-April 2019].

You might like to let your readers know that it is Stroke Awareness Month somewhere in the world; and about Margot's other earlier films, depending on the tastes and predilections involved.

Especially when it comes to audio description, which some of your readers may very well desire and/or need.