211 N. Main Street

Las Cruces, NM 88001

The Rio Grande Theatre, originally built in 1926, is a restored  performing arts center in the heart of Downtown Las Cruces. It is the only operating 2-story adobe theater in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Theatre is owned by the City of Las Cruces and operated by the Doña Ana Arts Council.

Film Screening and Student Workshop: Awakening in Taos

The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story

at Rio Grande Theatre

February 26, 2017 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Time: 11:00am     Day: Sunday     Doors: 10:30am    
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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.

Second Screening: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 11 a.m.  As part of an effort to reach out and connect with local filmmakers and film students, there will be a special screening with the filmmakers on Sunday, February 26 at 11 a.m.  In conjunction with this screening, there will be a workshop directly following the film about the process of making the film in New Mexico, about the film industry, and the future of the film industry in the state. Gordon says they are looking to partner with other filmmakers within the state and to encourage film students to become part of the burgeoning New Mexico film industry.  Student/Filmmaker tickets for the February 26  11 a.m. screening and workshop are $12 (open seating; all fees included; tickets at riograndetheatre.com or 575-523-6403).