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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 realised 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. With 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.

“Zippy, insightful and deeply moving…a fitting companion piece to Netflix’s recent Circus of Books, another documentary that pays tribute to an oasis of gay community that ultimately fell victim to the LGBTQ movement’s success.” - Inkoo Kong, The Hollywood Reporter

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  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Jen Rainin
  • Cast
    Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, Denice Frohman, Amber Hikes, Jewelle Gomez, Melissa Etheridge, Lea DeLaria