Santa Fe Cinema comes to the Lark

Mabel Dodge Luhan

The Lark Theater in Larkspur will hold the first “Cinema Santa Fe” on Saturday, July 14. The event is a one-day film festival celebrating Southwest films, art and culture.

The Bay Area premier of “Awakening in Taos” will highlight the festival.

Besides the captivating documentaries that highlight the lives and work of iconic artists of the Southwest, organizers promise delicious Santa Fe style cuisine available for purchase from 5:30 to 7:30pm by the popular Food Truck, The Boneyard, beautiful native crafts display and sale in the lobby by The Folk Art Gallery, and live music by the Dana Rath and Jon Mitguard Duo. Mandolin virtuoso and co-founder of the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Dana Rath, and pedal steel wizard Jon Mitguard will perform original vocal and instrumental music inspired by the American West.

The films on tap are:

“Awakening in Taos” (with a Q&A with director Mark Gordon) is an award-wining documentary film about the extraordinary life of Mabel Dodge Luhan, an influential, independently wealthy writer, salon hostess, patroness of the arts and catalyst for cultural change. Inspired by the native culture and distinctive landscape of Taos, New Mexico, she promoted a vision of social transformation. She promoted the vision of this ideal by inviting to Taos many famous and iconoclastic artists, writers and social activists.

Mabel’s associates were, in her own words, “the movers and shakers” of the early 20th century. Her list of guests included D.H Lawrence, Georgia O’Keefe, Willa Cather, John Collier, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Thornton Wilder and Carl Jung among a host of many.

Several Southwest short films will be shown, including “Memories of Miss O’Keeffe” -- intimate reflections from generations of the Lopez family, who worked for Georgia O’Keeffe in northern New Mexico in her later years; “A Woman on Paper” -- commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Georgia O’Keeffe’s brief tenure in Columbia, South Carolina, this documentary tells the little known story of O’Keeffe’s experiences while teaching at Columbia College; “Return to Rainy Mountain” -- Santa Fe filmmaker, Jill Momaday tells the story of her father, Pulitzer prize winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday; “Grab a Hunk of Lightning” -- narrated and directed by Dorothea Lange’s granddaughter, award-winning filmmaker Dyanna Taylor, tells the compelling story of the passion, vision, and drive that made Lange one of the most important documentary photographers of the 20th century; “Crazy Heart” -- four time Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi tragic, romantic hero, Bad Blake in the debut feature film “Crazy Heart” from writer director Scott Cooper.

Ticket prices are $11 general admission, $30 for all-day passes. To purchase tickets, call 415-924-5111.

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