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A documentary on the life and influence of renowned Autism advocate and animal Science Academic, Dr. Temple Grandin.


AN OPEN DOOR is the forthcoming documentary reflecting on the influential life and work of Dr. Temple Grandin as a champion of the humane treatment of livestock, autism rights and inclusive neurodiversity by employing her gifted insights from her personal experience with autism and visual thinking.  The film speaks with Dr. Grandin, her colleagues, industry professionals and those she has influenced to celebrate her groundbreaking life, lessons learned and lasting legacy.  AN OPEN DOOR is directed by award-winning filmmaker John Barnhardt and presented by Colorado State University. 

“I’ve learned more from Temple just having the honor of being around her while she works than I had reading any book on the subject, and I’ve tried to convey that with this film. This project has the benefit of hindsight and is revealing from a unique intimate perspective – her own, in her own words as she reflects on the road she’s travelled and paved for others.”  John Barnhardt – Director - Producer

“At the young age of 75, Dr. Temple Grandin, continues to live life full of purpose and meaning that continues to inspire millions around the globe. In this documentary, Temple shows us that it’s not only important, but necessary that we have different minds solving our global problems.”  John Festervand – Producer

“I met Dr. Grandin briefly decades ago, and over the years had seen other films about her or whenever she was in the news. But I’ve learned so much more just being around her and seeing her apply all that she’s learned to her work and everyday interactions. I think this film shows that in a quiet innate way, she truly touches everyone she meets. She’s truly amazing.” Grant Boerner - Producer


"I want to open doors for other people now I figure that's what I should be doing." Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Grandin is a world-renowned academic, making TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. As an educator at Colorado State University, she was named as one of the top 10 college professors in the United States in 2020. She is one of the most well-known and respected experts in both autism and animal behavior. Her latest book VISUAL THINKING (2022) made the New York Times Best Seller list.

Her life’s work has been to understand the gifted, unique way her mind works in relation to the world around her, using it to her advantage with working with animals and to share that knowledge, aiding in the understanding, treatment and inclusion of individuals with diverse ways of thinking. 

AN OPEN DOOR features Dr. Grandin retracing her path in life and the lessons she learned and in turn shared with others who were affected by her experiences and insights.

A screening will be presented to friends and family on April 22, 2023 at Colorado State University - Griffin Concert Hall–1400 Remington St. Fort Collins, CO 80524.

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