Ahead of the Curve – Closing Night Film

Directed by Jen Rainin

Cast: Franco Stevens, Jewelle Gomez, Melissa Etheridge

Streaming October 4–7

Join us for a virtual livestream Q&A on Sunday, October 4 at 7:00PM CST with Jen Rainin (Director) and Franco Stevens (Founder, Curve/Deneuve). Moderated by Co-Editor in Chief of the Chicago Reader and founder of Rebellious Magazine Karen Hawkins.

In 1990, 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 lifestyle magazine ever published. AHEAD OF THE CURVE traces the power of lesbian visibility and community from the early ‘90s to present day through the story of Franco’s founding of Curve magazine. 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. Featuring Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, Denice Frohman, Amber Hikes, Jewelle Gomez, Melissa Etheridge, and Lea DeLaria, and 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.

Thank you to Gerber/Hart Library and Archives and B.BLYSS! for co-presenting this film. It is the mission of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives to preserve and make accessible the history of LGBTQ+ communities in Chicago and the Midwest. B.BLYSS! is a woman-lead organization that is dedicated to curating LGBTQA and culturally diverse events and productions.

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Sat, Oct 3
12:00 am