Suspecting the mail lady is delivering love letters to his mother, a tenacious young boy seeks help from an unhinged neighbor in an attempt to ease tensions at home.
Director’s Note: To me, The Mail Lady is a dark comedic cautionary tale from a child’s perspective. From my experience, children sometimes make their parent’s problems their own. In the absence of parents, children can be destructive, and often self-sabotage. To illustrate the satirical elements in our world, I play with the disparity of a flawed household in a “perfect” suburbia. One of the things I find most interesting about The Mail Lady, is young Billy’s genuine attempt to help his family. Unlike others, Billy doesn’t seek attention, but confronts what he sees as the cause of the problem. A very mature thing to do for a little man, but dangerous when still learning about consequence. At the end of the film, I thought it was necessary to make the stakes high, because when a child loses their innocence, it’s gone forever. I also just want everyone to have a good laugh!
Zell Steele Morrow [Billy] is in the Original Broadway Company of Fun Home (John Bechdel), 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. Zell can also be seen on TV: Gotham (FOX) and Film: See Another Day (Cain). In addition to tearing up the Broadway stage, Zell loves to draw and enjoys solving a Rubik’s cube.
Melo Ludwig [Lilly] can be seen in Todd Solondz’s critically acclaimed film, Wiener-Dog (Sundance) opposite the great Ellen Burstyn. Later this year, she will appear in the feature film, The Bleeder (TIFF), playing the daughter of Liev Schrieber and Elisabeth Moss. You can also see her on hit TV shows like Odd Mom Out, Difficult People, and The Characters. When Melo isn’t acting, you’ll find her dancing, writing stories, and giving lessons to her stuffed animals.