ALTERATIONS is a short comedy that follows J (an adolescent trans woman previously known as Jesus), as she sets out to reconnect with her amnesic mother for the first time presenting as a woman.
J’s manic depressive mother, Mary Jane, had a heart attack when J told her that she wanted to present female. When Mary Jane awoke from her coma, she woke up believing that she is someone else. Now J is making a movie to sort things out.
J's brother insists that J patches things up with their amnesic mother and when the two meet for the first time as women, an innocent, weekend adventure to face each other’s fears manages to keep their monsters at bay.
Protected by their new identities, the two women find a best friend in each other. They also find an opportunity to step outside their prescribed roles of mother and son and to evolve into personalities that are closer to their core.
In a tone similar to Chagall’s paintings, the film mixes a colorful and seemingly innocent style with a dark, rich palette of emotional character undertones by using non-actors in surreal, little known, Miami settings.