“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 isn’t good at moderation.  She is smart and generous, popular and rich, she excels in math and science.  She is also morbidly obese.  Along with her weight comes a host of other problems including type 2 diabetes, pressure from her politician parents, and the fact that she has never received a second glance from the boy she is hopelessly in love with – but all of that is about to change.


With the financial support of her parents, Katie decides to become her own scientific experiment by undergoing a series of radical plastic and gastric surgeries.  Within a matter of months, she emerges as a paragon of beauty, but the satisfaction is short lived.  She finds herself becoming strangely self-critical.  As Katie falls down a rabbit hole of quick-fix surgeries and begins to render herself unrecognizable, we start to question what the limits of self-improvement really are.


BYPASS is a twisted modern day ‘Frankenstein,’ in which the protagonist is herself both creator and monster.  It is through Katie’s odyssey towards glossy perfection, that we find both humor and horror in our culture’s obsession with physical beauty.


Liliana’s feature screenplay BYPASS was recently awarded the both the Sloan Foundation Feature Film Grant and chosen for the 2012 Tribeca All Access Program.  For more information please contact the filmmaker at