Snail Mail

  • Director

    Jay Stern

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2022, 6 minutes 28 seconds

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year



Clara is tired of getting mail, but her mail carrier is very dedicated to the job. Let the battle begin!


Jay SternDirector
Phillip, Writer
Jay Stern, Writer
Phillip Russell, Producer
Jay Stern, Producer
Clara Alonso, Key Cast, “Clara”
Tamar Schoenberg, Key Cast, “Susan”

Director Statement

Snail Mail was made for the Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival’s “Wanna be a Star” competition where an audience member in attendance to a screening was selected to star in a short film. “Snail Mail” was a title shouted out by that same audience, and Clara had never acted in a short film before. It was a lot of fun to make and we hope you enjoy it!

Director Biography

Jay is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a founder of the World Wide Lab, an international festival of director-driven work developed at the Watermill Center, which had its inaugural presentation in New York City in the summer of 2012.
Jay’s most recent feature film, Say My Name, was shot in Wales in 2017, exhibited on the US and UK festival circuit, and opened in the US in the summer of 2019. His first feature film, an adaptation of Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling, opened in New York City in May, 2007. His second feature, Spirit Cabinet, was completed in 2013, and his third feature, The Adventures of Paul and Marian, was completed in 2014. Jay has produced and directed more than 30 short films which have played at festivals across the US and Canada, and produced Victor Varnado’s feature documentary The Awkward Comedy Show, which premiered on Comedy Central and is distributed on DVD by New Video. He is currently a film professor at Rider University.