Gala Party and Film Premiere: Awakening in Taos
The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story
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“Awakening in Taos” follows the personal evolution of Mabel Dodge Luhan as a writer, salon hostess, art patroness, social activist, and resident of New Mexico. Born in Buffalo, New York, Luhan was a woman unique to her time. Her influence extended into the world of arts, music, literature, and activism for social change. In her late thirties, she experienced a life-altering arrival into a small town in Northern New Mexico and embraced the Taos Pueblo Indians in a way that seized the attention of the artistic and literary world. Her unconventional marriage to Antonio Lujan, a full-blooded Tiwa Indian from Taos Pueblo, created a revolutionary bridge between two cultures. Tony and Mabel Lujan helped to defeat federal legislation in 1924 that would have taken away 600,000 acres of sacred land belonging to the 19 tribes of New Mexico.
The film, which was produced in partnership with New Mexico PBS, won Best Feature Film Shot in New Mexico Award at the 15th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival, November, 2015; Independent Film Award for Best Documentary at The Red Nation Film Festival, November, 2016; and Best Documentary and Best Writing at the Hollywood Independent International Documentary Awards (HIIDA), October, 2016.
Gala Tickets: Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 6- 9 p.m. Gala Las Cruces Premiere including a Pre-Party at Film Las Cruces headquarters (340 Reymond St.) at 6 pm, Film Screening at the Rio Grande Theatre at 7:30 pm, a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers, and an After–Party with filmmakers at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets for the Gala Las Cruces Premiere are $30 per person or $50 per couple (reserved seats, all fees included; tickets available at riograndetheatre.com or 575-523-6403).
Film Screening only - general admission - at 7:30 pm at the Rio Grande Theatre. $15 per person. Doors open at 7:00 pm.