Bypass
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders

"I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.”
-Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Katie is popular, high-achieving, rich and obese. She has tried every diet and exercise fad, but remains a slave to her weight, which is upwards of 300 pounds. As a budding scientist, Katie hypothesizes that with some money and a carefully executed plan, she can engineer herself into a thin, model of conventionally beautiful perfection all in a matter of months. After the initial Gastric Bypass and subsequent plastic surgeries to remove the excess skin, her results become abundantly clear - the plan is working. But as Katie emerges into her own makeover fantasy, her increasingly obsessive control over her own eating habits, bodily functions, and appearance push beyond the limit of self-improvement by whatever means necessary. Will the thrill of these quick fix physical alterations and plastic surgeries send her plan spiraling out of control? Bypass is a low-budget, modern day twist on Frankenstein that delves into issues of identity and self-image and the strange dance they currently enjoy with modern plastic-surgery technology. Contrary to Shelley's scientist, our protagonist is herself both creator and monster. It is through Katie's odyssey towards glossy perfection, examined in macro close-up, that we begin to recognize desires more strange than we can imagine and some monsters of our very own.

Credits

Director: Liliana Greenfield-Sanders