CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Ahead of the Curve

Year: 2020
Language: English
Run Time: 97 minutes

Ahead of the Curve
Ahead of the Curve

For the first 20 years of her life, Franco Stevens didn’t know lesbians existed, let alone that she herself was one. After coming out, she dove into San Francisco’s queer scene, but quickly noticed a lack of genuine lesbian media representation. Armed with maxed out credit cards, cash from a lucky gambling streak, and a determination to increase her community’s visibility, in 1990 Stevens and a team of enthusiastic volunteers launched Curve (fka Deneuve), the first lesbian lifestyle magazine. With beautiful pictures and in-depth features that showed the vast diversity of lesbians, a three-issue project became a major publication and safe space for queer women everywhere. Decades later, the magazine’s future remains uncertain in the face of diminishing print media and our ever-expanding understanding of gender and sexuality. To preserve Curve’s legacy, Stevens must turn to today’s queer activists. Featuring interviews with Melissa Etheridge, Lea DeLaria, and Stevens herself, AHEAD OF THE CURVE is a hopeful and lively documentary that honors lesbian culture and community while looking forward to an inclusive, queer future. — D.O.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow

Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow

Svetlana Cvetko

Jessica Congdon

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Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce

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