Ahead of the Curve (2020)

  • Biography, Documentary, History, Political
  • 1h 37m

This film will be available for viewing March 18th - 31st

Ahead of the Curve is the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history you’ve never heard of and the impact her work continues to have today. Growing up, Franco Stevens never saw any representation of queer women—she didn’t even know it was possible for a woman to be gay. When she realized she was a lesbian, it changed the course of her life.

In 1990, Franco created a safe place for lesbians in the form of Curve magazine. Her approach to threats and erasure in the ‘90s was to lift all kinds of lesbians up and make them beautifully visible. The magazine helped build a foundation for many intersectional movements being led by today’s activists in the face of accelerating threats to the LGBTQ community. Decades later, as her legacy faces extinction and she reassesses her life after a disabling injury, she sets out to understand visibility work being led by an intersection of queer women today. Featuring Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, Denice Frohman, Amber Hikes, Jewelle Gomez, Melissa Etheridge, and Lea DeLaria, and a score composed by the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello, Ahead of the Curve celebrates the legacy of a movement while considering the agenda of its future.

Join us for a LIVE Q&A on March 18 at 7:00 PM ET with Directors, Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow.

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This film has closed captions available. Please manually turn on closed captions using the “CC” logo at the bottom of the player screen when you play the title.


Jen Rainin


Jen Rainin


Jen Rainin


Svetlana Cvetko


Clare Major


Mariam Dwedar

Executive Producer

Lindsey Dryden






United States

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