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Ahead Of The Curve

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With a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track, and chutzpah for days, Franco Stevens launched Curve, the best-selling lesbian magazine ever published. The film 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 magazine. Decades later, in the wake of a disabling injury, Franco learns that Curve will fold within the year and questions the relevance of the magazine in the face of accelerating threats to LGBTQ+ community. To forge a path forward, Franco reaches out to women working in today’s queer spaces to understand what queer women need and how Curve can continue to serve them.


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Running Time: 98 min.
Subject(s): Arts and Culture, Disability, Gender, Human Rights, LGBT, Media
Language(s): English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Italian
Director(s):
Producer(s): Rivkah Beth Medow, Jen Rainin
Cinematographer: Svetlana Cvetko, Clare see all »
Editor(s): Jessica Congdon
Production Company: Frankly Speaking Films

Press

  • “ZIPPY, INSIGHTFUL AND DEEPLY MOVING… First-time director Jen Rainin's portrait of Stevens, Curve's achievements and blindspots, lesbian progress during the Clinton era and the uneasiness with the "lesbian" label among many queer women today is accomplished, resonant and deeply moving.”
    HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
    Inkoo Kang
  • “An incredibly enjoyable and lively film”
    CRITERION CAST
    Joshua Brunsting
  • "It’s in the recounting of this history that “Ahead of the Curve” shines....there is a great deal of charm and empathy to be found…”
    THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN
    Olive Grimes
  • “An absorbing look at the groundbreaking lesbian magazine and its founder”
    EDGE MEDIA
    Killian Melloy
  • “Welcome levity and a smart fusion of history and biography...it is that youthful zest for queer rebellion (and an adult desire to recreate it) that carries AHEAD OF THE CURVE most of all”
    FILM EXPERIENCE
    Glenn Dunks
  • "The film highlights the incredible highs and lows of the magazine...the wonderful archive footage and celebrity interviews mixed with loyal employee testimonials is a time capsule of lesbian feels.”
    LESFLICKS
    Shawna Khorasani
  • “Jen Rainin lovingly uplifts the personal & political struggles, adventure & community that birthed an institution, honoring its visionary legacy while exploring whether a groundbreaking print publication remains relevant in a digital age.”
    OUTTAKE ONLINE
    Charlotte Robinson
  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
    “Accomplished, resonant and deeply moving.”
    Inkoo Kang
  • “The AHEAD OF THE CURVE Drive-in World Premiere screening was the most attended screening in Frameline history! The vibe was amazing, and people loved the film!!
    James Wooley, Frameline Executive Director
  • CRITERION CAST
    "An incredibly enjoyable and lively film”
    Joshua Brunsting

Festival & Awards

  • Frameline44 - 2020
    World Premiere
  • OUTFEST - 2020
    Official Selection
  • Bentonville - 2020
    Official Selection
  • aGLIFF - 2020
    Audience Award Best Documentary
  • Reeling Chicago - 2020
    Audience Award Best Documentary
  • OUTfilm CT - 2020
    Audience Award Best Documentary
  • Long Beach LGBTQ - 2020
    Best Documentary, Best Director, Audience Award
  • Tampa International - 2020
    Audience Award Best Documentary
  • Out At The Movies - 2020
    Best Documentary
  • Milwaukee Film Festival - 2020
    Official Selection
  • BendFilm Festival - 2020
    Official Selection

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