Arts & Culture

The JCA is proud to present our annual Arts and Culture Series, featuring scholars, authors, films, exhibits and musical performances.

Ahead of the Curve Pride Film 2022


A free film streaming & conversation presented by the Maine Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) and co-sponsored by the JCA 

Streaming online June 24 – 26 

Screening is free but you must reserve tickets to gain access 

MJFF caps off statewide celebrations of Pride month with a free virtual screening of Ahead of the Curve—a provocative documentary that tracks lesbian visibility through the trajectory of trailblazing lesbian activist and entrepreneur Franco Stevens.  

With a fistful of credit cards, a lucky win at the horse track, and a healthy dose of chutzpah, Stevens launched Deneuve in the early 1990s. Not only was Deneuve the first glossy lesbian magazine, it was also the first to put the word "lesbian" on its cover. 
Co-directed by Jen Rainin (Franco’s wife) and producer Rivkah Beth Medow, Ahead of the Curve (the magazine was later renamed Curve) traces its rise and ultimate decline as Stevens struggles to stay relevant to new generations within the lesbian and queer community.

A frank and lively follow-up conversation, pre-recorded by Bates College faculty members Erica Rand and Stephanie Pridgeon, about the film, the role of media, and the changing language and politics of sexual and gender identities.  

Please note: Let the end titles of the film roll - the conversation follows directly!