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Available Friday 10/9 - Thursday 10/15

* Live Q&A on Thursday 10/15 @ 3:00 pm with Franco Stevens (she/her) and director Jen Rainin (she/her). Start the film at 1:23 pm and join in on the Q&A right after for a true "film festival" experience!

Presented in collaboration with Out Central Oregon

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.

Director's Bio:

Jen Rainin’s work in film is focused on building community, deepening understanding of social justice issues, and telling great stories. AHEAD OF THE CURVE is Jen's directorial debut, and the first film for Frankly Speaking Films, the production company she co-founded with Rivkah Beth Medow to make films that center strong queer women’s stories to increase visibility and empathy with an eye toward long-term systems change. Her executive producer credits include STAGE LEFT (2011), a documentary about the history of theater in the Bay Area, and TWO SPIRITS (2009), a documentary about gender identity in Native American cultures which aired on Independent Lens, as well as HOMEROOM (in production) and SHIT & CHAMPAGNE (2020).

This film is sponsored by Great Clips

  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Oregon Premiere
  • Director
    Jen Rainin; Rivkah Beth Medow (Co-Director)
  • Producer
    Rivkah Beth Medow
  • Executive Producer
    Lyndsay Dryden
  • Co-Producer
    Jen Rainin
  • Cast
    Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, Denice Frohman, Amber Hikes, Jewelle Gomez, Melissa Etheridge, Lea Delaria
  • Cinematographer
    Svetlana Cvetko, Clare Major, Mariam Dwedar
  • Editor
    Jessica Congdon
  • Music
    Meshell Ndegeocello