- 2005 Recipient, The President's Award for Education Advocacy -- S.C. Conference of NAACP Branches, 2005
- Recipient, "Friend of Education" award - S.C. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2005-2006
- Award of Excellence, The Videographer Awards, 2005
- "Best of Festival" award, Berkeley Video & Film Festival, October, 2005
- Bronze Winner, Millennium Awards, 2005
- Silver Award, Davey Awards, 2005
- Award of Excellence, The Pegasus Awards, 2005
- Bronze Award, The Telly Awards, 2005
For Immediate Release
September 20, 2005
A documentary on the plight of South Carolina's rural schools has won two prestigious national awards of excellence.
"Corridor of Shame: the neglect of South Carolina's rural schools" is a 58 minute documentary that originally aired on SCETV twice in May.
Produced and directed by Bud Ferillo, "Corridor of Shame" has received Awards of Excellence from The Videographer’s Awards of 2005 and the Pegasus Awards.
The Videographer's Awards considered nearly 2300 entries from throughout the United States and several foreign countries and is an international award that helps set the standards for the video production industry.
The Pegasus Awards are the video industry's premier competition for recognition of exemplary work produced by non-broadcast video professionals.
"Corridor of Shame" was funded by numerous South Carolina foundations and community leaders to educate the public about the funding and achievement gaps in the state's rural school districts.
Eight rural South Carolina school districts have sued the State of South Carolina over the funding of education in their schools and a decision in the case is expected this month.
The South Carolina documentary's executive producer was John S. Rainey. The project was coordinated by Ferillo & Associates., Inc., a Columbia public relations and advertising firm.