Stephen Mead’s short collage-film, “Almost Falling” is rooted in a painting entitled “Walk of Life”; a painting which depicts a tightrope walker in a large amphitheater. She is throwing a pair of dice into the air, and the audience is so far below as to be a blur. W.H. Auden’s “The Age of Anxiety” comes to mind, the words of the title themselves having a resonance which relates to any Age a person or generation may live through. The word Anxiety carries a sense of survival instinct, of fight or flight, but also simply a sense of awareness for one’s surroundings, for the Time one exists in, and all which may be happening on the planet as well as in one’s personal world. “Almost Falling” is about attempting to carry that knowledge with a sort of grace, and not be overwhelmed by dizziness--- Life is precarious, yes, and we are all of us on our tightropes, and the journey, intertwined with nerve and nerves, can certainly be something of strength, something to marvel at.

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