Mabel Dodge Luhan, one of history’s most daring pioneers, reaches across time to inspire and awaken your boldest, most adventurous life!
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You can help wake up the world with Awakening in Taos!

  • Awakening in Taos is the untold story of a remarkable woman – Mabel Dodge Luhan. Mabel was born in 1879, a visionary thinker one hundred years ahead of her time.

  • The issues and challenges Mabel faced with grace and courage are the same that women experience today. NOW is the time to share her passion, hope and courage with women. Her story is about starting over and jumping into the unknown—and it is a love story. The film production-in-progress is a one-hour biographical documentary to be aired nationally over PBS stations starting in 2014. 


Mabel Dodge and Tony Lujan

  • It brings to life the story of a woman finding her own way, and those she influenced through her passion for art and adventure. This story is set in the rich landscape of northern New Mexico, against the backdrop of Taos Pueblo. Awakening In Taos invites viewers to experience the world Mabel came to know intimately when she moved from Greenwich Village to Taos, New Mexico in 1917.
  • By supporting this film you can do something that will enrich your life. This is documentary filmmaking for PBS so there is no financial reward at the backend, just the reward of contributing to a film story that is significant and could change people's lives. Whether you want to support education, the empowerment of women, or Taos, New Mexico as a destination, this project will be something you will always be proud to have been instrumental in bringing to the screen.

  • View a completed episode from the film, Chapter 3: Drawn to Taos:


    The Impact

    • We believe that viewers watching this film will be inspired by the daring choices that Mabel Dodge Luhan made in her life. Women need role models to inspire them to enjoy their own independent, fulfilling and creative lives. Mabel chose to follow her heart and discovered her own inner truth. How daring that she led her life in the early part of the twentieth century, facing issues that women are just coming to terms with 100 years later! Watch this film and wake people up to their potential!
    • Awakening in Taos features the voice talents of actors Marsha Mason as Mabel Dodge Luhan and Ali MacGraw as the narrator.

  • Actress Debrianna Mansini plays the voice and on-screen character of Georgia O'Keeffe.

  • We are a team of writers, producers, filmmakers and artists. The project is a collaboration of friends led by writer/director Mark Gordon. Mark grew up in the film industry in Southern California and is now working on our project in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has gathered a team of passionate, committed producers, contributors, filmmakers, and actors to complete this inspiring project. We are already 2/3 of the way through to completion and have raised over $125,000 in donations and in-kind services.  We have 22 hours of interviews and several more hours of New Mexico landscapes, historic photos, landmarks and architecture already shot!


PBS New Mexico ExecProducer Michael Kamins & Writer/DirectorMark Gordon

  • We are in partnership with PBS New Mexico to supervise the production and to aggressively distribute and broadcast the completed 1-hour documentary through PBS station across the nation. With a potential audience of 122 million PBS viewers, even if only 10 million viewers watched this program, it would be a significant television event.

  • We are already in film festivals. Even though our film is not finish, we have been invited to screen Chapter 3 as a selected short in the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience Film Festival.

  • Your contributions to this campaign will take us all to the finish line! 

    We’ve screened Chapter Three: Drawn to Taos to local audiences and the response is always the same: “I can’t WAIT to see the completed project!” Mabel’s story is an inspiration brimming with courage. Many women and men are facing the same challenges in life that Mabel experienced in 1917. The story of her life opens up possibilities in personal freedom for all of us. (See the video in Gallery 2 of this campaign.)

  • Learn more about Awakening in Taos at our website:  Awakening In Taos

What We Need & What You Get

  • We are raising $15,000 towards completion of Pre-Production, Production, our final week of shooting this June, the editing, music track and post-production. Funds also go to cover the salaries of cast, crew, and editors. We are aiming to complete the film in August with premier showings in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico in September and broadcast through the PBS stations in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

  • You get to be part of our inner circle at the level you support us, and will receive email announcements about the latest developments and special events. You'll receive YouTube releases of chapters or new materials as we complete them. You will have the satisfaction of being part of this exciting project and helping to bring it into being.
  • Please look at our funding levels for perks and incentives.

Listen to the story:  Radio personality Honey Harris of KBAC Santa Fe interviews Writer/Director, Mark Gordon:

  • Our Executive Producer, Michael Kamins, and PBS New Mexico partner station have already produced and broadcast the documentary Painting Taos (the first in a series of films about the Taos Art Colony) which has been broadcast nationally over 415 times on 80% of the PBS stations and was viewed by a potential audience of 122,900,000 people. Through our partnership with PBS New Mexico our film is expected to reach an even larger audience. We think that this story is important and that people who view the film will be inspired to seek out new directions in their own lives.
  • Your contributions, whatever the size, will go a long way towards getting this story out to the world.

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

  • Please help us to get the word out by sending emails to your friends and family, and posting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. Please make some noise about our campaign! We appreciate it. Be sure to use #AwakeningInTaos when you share!
  • You can use the IndieGoGo share tools.

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This campaign ended on June 4, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Virtual Hug

    When we see you online we'll reach out and give you a virtual hug. We'll also keep you on our email list for the latest updates, inside information, background, and special events. You'll be an insider! We'll also mail you one of our favorite portraits of Mabel from a 1918 magazine cover on a specially printed Thank You notecard that you can resend!

    4 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $25USD
    Lenny Foster Photo Notecard

    This is a beautiful black and white large photo notecard image taken at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house at the end of winter. This card is printed on 100% cotton fine art paper with pigmented inks. Lenny Foster is photographer and owner of the Living LIght Gallery in Taos. He has supported our campaign by donating 50 exquisite photo postcards. You can see the photo image in our updates on the Indiegogo campaign page.

    4 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $30USD
    Awakening In Taos: Coffee Mug

    Enjoy your morning coffee in an official Awakening In Taos mug. The mug includes our logo and the word "Co-Creator," so everyone will know that you were part of the creation of this exciting documentary film for PBS! (Includes Virtual Hug)

    15 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    Georgia O'Keeffe Taos poster

    This is an 8” x 10” poster reproduction, painted by Georgia O'Keeffe during her first summer in Taos at Mabel Dodge Luhan's home in 1929. After staying with Mabel and her husband in Taos, O'Keeffe was inspired to move to New Mexico permanently. (Includes Virtual Hug)

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $75USD
    Get the DVD: Painting Taos

    Painting Taos is the first documentary film about the early Taos Art Colony, produced by PBS New Mexico. You will learn about this exciting time and the artists who settled in Taos before Mabel Dodge Luhan arrived. Produced by Awakening In Taos' executive producer, Michael Kamins. (Includes Virtual Hug)

    2 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    Edge of Taos Desert, Signed

    This is the book that inspired Awakening In Taos, a real collector’s item. You will receive a copy of Mabel Dodge Luhan's ultimate book, The Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality, signed by members of our cast and crew. It is about how Mabel moved from Greenwich Village to Taos, New Mexico in 1917 and fell in love with Tony Lujan, a Tiwa Indian form Taos Pueblo. (Includes Virtual Hug)

    12 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $150USD
    Signed "Santa Fe Originals"

    This is a very special perk, there will only be 10 autographed copies of the photography book "Santa Fe Originals" personally signed by the cover model, the narrator for Awakening In Taos: actor/activist Ali MacGraw. See the cover photo in our Updates. This is a very limited edition collectors item!

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $250USD
    Inner Circle: Preview Viewers

    You will receive links to private YouTube updates to Chapters and episodes as the film is completed. As part of the Inner Circle Director's Focus Group, you will receive announcements and links to the latest segments and episodes as soon as they go live and before they go public. See the film unfold. (Includes Mug & Virtual Hug)

    3 out of 60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $500USD
    Inner Circle: Directors Group

    We plan to post private YouTube updates to Chapters as the film is completed. As part of the Inner Circle Director's Focus Group, you will receive announcements and links to the latest segments and episodes. You will be invited to comment, share ideas and suggestions. The Producers and Director will receive your input as we edit the film. You could have an impact on how the film is completed! (Includes Mug, Virtual Hug & Directors Group)

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $1,000USD
    VIP Tickets & Name in Credits

    Two VIP seats at film premier in Santa Fe or Taos, New Mexico. Your name will be included in a special Thank You Credit at the end of DVD. (Includes Mug, Virtual Hug & Directors Group)

    0 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Film Sponsor

    Four VIP seats at film premier in Santa Fe or Taos, New Mexico. Your name will be listed as a private sponsor in the film credits. Entry to private reception with Producers, Director Cast and Crew after the Premier in Taos or Santa Fe. (Includes Mug, Virtual Hug & Directors Group)

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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