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A film by Jen Rainin & Rivkah Beth Medow

Closed Captions Included

Running time: 94 minutes

About the film

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 the community.


Viewing Guide Included with:

- Discussion Questions

- Classroom Activities

- Action Items

- Glossary

- Learning Standards (Common Core Standards & Media Literacy Standards)


“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 

"A vivid portrait of a resilient and inspiring figure as well as a microcosm of three decades of social and cultural change." - BOSTON GLOBE, Peter Keough

“Welcome levity and a smart fusion of history and 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 

"‘Ahead of the Curve’ celebrates lesbian triumph while trying to find new purpose in uncertain times."-  LA TIMES, Tracy Brown

“An engaging profile...AHEAD OF THE CURVE recognizes that greater acceptance and a larger number of platforms has had some drawbacks in decentralizing the conversations around issues specific to the queer experience and reducing their intensity. AHEAD OF THE CURVE admirably pulls the focus back to show that while the form these conversations have changed, the need for it remains ongoing within the community” - THE MOVEABLE FEST, Stephen Saito

“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 

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