Steve Rhea, a film and TV location scout in South Carolina, is receiving the annual “Behind the Scenes” award at the ninth annual Beaufort International Film Festival, which concludes today.

Rhea is a Charleston native and University of South Carolina alumnus. He has spent four decades as a location scout and manager, working on more than two dozen feature films and television movies and hundreds of national and international commercials and photo shoots.

His list of credits includes Wes Craven’s cult classic “The Swamp Thing,” Paramount Pictures’ interpretation of the Pat Conroy novel “The Lords of Discipline,” “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” with Jim Carey, Allen J. Pakula’s “Consenting Adults,” “Major League III: Back to the Minors,” “The Hunley,” and “The Notebook.”

Rhea has worked closely with the South Carolina Film Commission as a scout from its inception in the effort to bring movies to the Palmetto state. He is a founding member of the Carolina Film Alliance, serving five years as vice president, a member of the Location Managers Guild of America and part of the Board of Advisors of Trident Technical College’s Division of Film, Media & Visual Arts.

The Eliza Lucas Pinckney chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has launched the Pinckney project, a campaign to raise $27,000 to fund the repair and preservation of an important gown worn by the well-known South Carolina historical figure.

The dress is part of the textiles collection of the Charleston Museum, but must be kept in safe storage to preserve it. Once repaired, museum officials hope to display the silk gown.

To make a donation toward the Pinckney dress restoration project, go to the Charleston Museum’s website, You can also email or call 843-722-2996, ext. 251.

Adam Parker