Rock Valley College

RVC Student’s Film to Screen at Gene Siskel Film Center

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

The awards and honors continue for Rock Valley College Mass Communication student Tom Doherty and his film, The White Room.

On July 12, the film won four awards at the Prairie State International Film Festival, including Best Director (Tom Doherty), Best Actress (Laura Chernicky), Best Cinematography (Jayson Phommavongsa), and Best Prairie State Film. 

The White Room will also screen this week at The Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N State St.) in Chicago on Wednesday, July 16, at noon.  The film is included in the lineup for the world premiere of Streamline, a science fiction, short film thriller directed by Dan Marcus and produced by Falling Awake Productions.  Tom Doherty and Laura Chernicky will be in attendance. This event is free with RSVP and includes six short films, live music, and art from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Earlier this year, The White Room was named Best of Festival Winner for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts in the Two Year/Small Colleges Category, and was chosen Best of the Best for the entire festival from 1,300 entries. Each year the chair of the festival chooses from all the other category winners a project that is considered the best of all the winners and entries. Doherty's win marked the first time in the history of the festival that a student from a two-year school had won the Best of the Best Award.

The White Room, filmed entirely on the Rock Valley College campus, is a powerful, emotional, psychological drama that follows a young man who wakes up trapped and confused in a mysterious room with no recollection as of how he came to be there. The events of the film play out in an unforeseeable direction that will leave a lasting impact on your life.

Tom Doherty