Dell was a double major in political science and theater at St. Bonaventure. Dell is the lead instructor of acting at Wilhelmina Rochester, an affiliate of Wilhelmina Models.
His film “Keuka” was selected for the 2014 Scare-A-Con Film Festival.
Set in 1984, “The Torture Tree Incident” is a mockumentary/found-footage film in the fashion of “Blair Witch Project.” In the film, a group of filmmakers walk the trail to get to the “Torture Tree” to investigate an alleged curse. The legend states that those who walk on the ground after dark where the tree’s roots touch are killed by ominous figures.
The film is based on the actual Torture Tree, located outside of Mt. Morris, N.Y. The tree was the site of the gruesome 1779 slayings of two Revolutionary War soldiers.
“What I am really proud of is the fact we shot the whole project in one day with a budget of less than $1,000,” Dell said. “We were screened alongside one international film that had a budget of $120,000.”
The Scare-A-Con Film Festival, formerly called the B-Movie Film Festival, has been held in central New York since 1999. The Turning Stone Resort hosted this year’s festival from Sept. 11-13.
The festival has helped bring exposure to thousands of movies, short films and documentaries from around the world.
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