Awakening in Taos events include gala with filmmakers

Mabel Dodge Luhan
Mabel Dodge Luhan
The dates for film screenings of Awakening in Taos: the Mabel Dodge Lujan Story have been changed from the original January dates to February 25 and 26. The film writer/director, Mark Gordon, and the management of the Rio Grande Theatre apologize for any inconvenience this may cause patrons. All tickets purchased for the original dates will be either refunded or re-issued for the new dates. Please call or visit the Rio Grande Theatre box office at 523-6403 or 211 N. Main Street for details.

The new schedule allows several people who worked on the film with Gordon to attend the Las Cruces premiere, including Tony Lujan’s grandson, Standing Deer of Taos Pueblo.

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.

The new dates, times and price schedule are as follows:

Gala, Saturday, February 25, 6 p.m., Film Las Cruces & Rio Grande Theatre
Gala ticket for one person $30 or $50 for two people. Gala ticket includes a pre-party at Film Las Cruces Headquarters (340 Reymond St.), the 7:30 p.m. film screening in reserved seats at the Rio Grande Theatre, post-screening meet and greet with filmmakers, and post-party at the Rio Grande Theatre. Tickets available in advance at or 523-6403 or at the door.

Premiere film screening: Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
A gala ticket includes a reserved seat for this film screening at the Rio Grande Theatre. Film screening only is $15 per person for general admission seats. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Second film screening and student workshop: Sunday, February 26, 11 a.m.
Film screening, general admission seats, $12 per person, followed by a workshop for students and film industry discussion with filmmakers and Film Las Cruces. Tickets are available in advance at or 523-6403 or at the door.

Third screening: Sunday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
Film screening only, general admission seats $12. Tickets available in advance at or 523-6403 or at the door.

The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council. The theatre box office and Doña Ana Arts Council office are on the second floor of the theatre. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to show time. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to or call 523-6403.