RVC Student Filmmakers Honored

Our students impress in many ways . . .things they do in the classroom, and then sometimes after they leave us. It’s a joy when we see their accomplishments and have the chance to share them broadly. We have recently had the privilege of two students – one current and one former – who achieved great success with their films.

First, Rock Valley College Mass Communication student Tom Doherty’s film, The White Room, was selected for the Beloit International Film Festival.

The White Room is a powerful, emotional, psychological drama that follows a young man who awakens trapped and confused in a mysterious room with no idea of how he came to be there. The events of the film play out in an unforeseeable direction.

The White Room, was also named Best of Festival Winner for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts in the Two Year/Small Colleges Category.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international exhibition of award-winning student works chosen in the following competitions: audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, two-year/small colleges, news, scriptwriting, sports, and video. Winners receive recognition and exhibition of their works during BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas, April 6-9, 2014. Best of Festival individual winners also will receive a $1,000 cash award from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. Exhibition rules prohibit us sharing the film at this time, but the BEA Facebook page provides good information.

Former RVC Running Start student, Julia Moore’s film Overcomer is a documentary that tells the story of a family attempting to overcome drug addiction through the organization Overcomers Anonymous. Moore, 2013 RVC graduate, has won the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters First Place Award in the Long Film Category.

View Overcomer now on Vimeo.

“These awards clearly demonstrate the talent and commitment of students in the RVC Mass Communication program,” said Brian Shelton, professor and academic chair of the program. “We have such pride in their work even after they leave us, as they continue to grow and develop as filmmakers.”

RVC hosts student film screenings often. The next student screening will feature documentaries on Friday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Room at Rock Valley College. Please join us!