Outwatch Film Festival 2020

Ahead of the Curve

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Ahead Of the Curve

2020 | USA | 97 min

DIRECTOR: JEN RAININ

CO-DIRECTOR: RIVKAH BETH MEDOW


The best-selling lesbian publication ever was Curve magazine. This documentary tells the story of FrancoStevens, who launched Curve with a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track, and chutzpah for days. She’s one of the most influential women in lesbian history you’ve never heard of. Ahead of the Curve tracks the power of lesbian visibility and community from the early '90s to the present day through the story of Franco's founding of Curve. Franco’s magazine was different than all of the other lesbian magazines. It was completely inclusive and diverse and its production standards were well above most other indie magazines. Most importantly, it was the first magazine to have the word Lesbian on the front cover.  BUT is there a place in the future for Curve given the modern views of lesbianism? To forge a path forward, Franco reaches out to women working in today's queer spaces to understand what queer women need today and how Curve can continue to serve the community.


“This compelling documentary is another crucial part of the story of our community’s history and one of its most important players”  Queerguru

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    97 min
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Frameline San Francisco International KLGBT Film Festival
  • Director
    Jen Rainin
  • Producer
    Revkah Beth Medow
  • Executive Producer
    Lindsey Drydon
  • Cast
    Franco Stevens; Melissa Etheridge; Lea DeLaria; Kate Kendall
  • Cinematographer
    Svetlana Cvetko
  • Editor
    Jessica Congdon
  • Sound Design
    Danielle Dupre