HOW TO MAKE A RAINBOW observes a young girl (Alaizah) and her mother (Jade) over two years as they journey through the realities of a parent in transition.

The story centers around Alaizah and her process of figuring out what to call her ‘papa,’ who is in the beginning years of a gender transition. Together they navigate homelessness, Jade’s exploration of gender, as well as the daily joys and struggles of growing up.

In its timely exploration of our perceived limits of love, gender expression, motherhood and childhood, this film invites us to let Alaizah be our guide as we learn and unlearn alongside her the limits and possibilities of identity and connection.

About the Director(s):

Ryan Maxey makes documentary films exploring humanity through stories of the introverted, imperfect, and folks on the fringe. His independent work has been featured by The Guardian, SXSW, AFI Docs, True/False, Hot Docs, The Atlantic, Vimeo Staff Picks and Dazed and Confused Magazine.


– Audience Award for Best Short Doc, Outfest 2019 - Winner

Other Screenings:

– Aspen Shortsfest 2019
– Outfest 2019