Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is proud to announce Matthew Mebane and Cody Carlyle Dixon as the two recipients of its Creative in Residence program, an initiative that awards a six-month opportunity at Local Works, LLF’s non-sector coworking space. Matthew and Cody will begin their residency on July 1 and receive mentorship over a six-month period to enrich their creative ventures.
Matthew is a filmmaker who plans to use his time at Local Works to make significant progress on a socially relevant film based upon the true story of a local Charleston hero. Matthew began his career assisting Academy Award-winning director of photography, Russell Carpenter (Titanic) and continued to study filmmaking first hand as an assistant cameraman on the set of motion pictures with such acclaimed filmmakers as Paul Thomas Anderson, Terrence Malick and Robert Redford. Matthew quickly took what he learned on the job and seamlessly applied it to his own projects. His films have screened at over 75 festivals worldwide and earned 18 awards: including accolades from Sundance and Slamdance.
Cody will continue developing his current outreach project known as “Soul Power.” He is traveling to Dakar, Senegal to spend time with IQRA Bilingual Academy, an Islamic-centered international school, to teach music and production. He is raising the funds necessary to build a studio, record and produce an album for the academy’s choir. Proceeds from this album and merchandise, along with donations and sponsorships will allow him to secure equipment for the academy as well as stimulate the local artistic community and economy. During Cody’s time at Local Works, he will take on a similar project here in the Lowcountry, helping a Charleston County school that faces the same struggles as the IQRA academy.
Cody and Matthew were selected by a committee of coworkers and past Creatives in Residence out of more than 15 applicants. The overwhelming response to the call for applications continues to prove to the organization the need for more support for local creatives.