Temple Grandin is an advocate for the humane treatment of animals, autism rights and inclusive neurodiversity, using her insights gained from personal experience with autism and visual thinking.
The ongoing documentary reflects on the influential life and work of Grandin, his colleagues, industry professionals and what to celebrate his grounded life, lessons learned and lasting legacy.
The screen, to be titled I reveal directed by award winning filmmaker John Barnhardt and presented by Colorado State University. A movie for the film was released this week.
“A lot of people don’t see the door of opportunity,” Grandin said as he sat down for a film interview. “I want to open the doors to others now – that’s what I have to do, at least.”
Barnhardt and his colleagues travel with Grandin to speak at conferences and make appearances, often taking the time to visit with people on the autism spectrum.
“I learned more from Temple to have so much respect around her while she’s working than from any book I’d read on the subject, and I tried to convey that with this film,” says Barnhardt, also a Colorado State graduate. . “This project has the benefit of insight and shows from a unique intimate perspective – in her own words as she meditates on the road that has been traveled and paved for others.”
Grandin is a worldly academic, making TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. As an educator in the State of Colorado, she was named one of the top college professors in the United States of America in 2020. She is one of the most well-known and respected experts in both autism and psychology. The last of his books; visual thinking” (2022), made the New York Times Seller list.
Colorado State honored Grandin this year with its Founders Day Medal, the university’s highest award presented to someone who has had a profound impact on the institution.
Her life’s work was to understand the gifted, unique way her mind works in relation to the world around her, using it to her advantage when working with animals and sharing that knowledge, helping in the understanding, treatment and inclusion of individuals with others. ways of thinking
“At the young age of 75, Dr. Grandin Temple continues a life full of purpose and meaning that continues to inspire millions around the world,” said John Festervand, the film’s executive producer. “In this document, the Temple shows us that it is not only important, but we need to have different minds to solve global problems.”
Throughout the film, Grandin shares the wisdom he has gleaned from his 75 years of experience.
“When I was younger, I was looking for the big and mysterious meanings of life,” Grandin said in the film. “When I got older, the things I thought were more important were the things that help me do something real to make something better.”
About the film
I reveal features Temple Grandin recalling his journey in life and the lessons he learned and in turn shared with others who were affected by his experiences and insights.
- Document length features in interviews include:
- Emily Gerson Saines (Film Producer, TEMPLE GRANDIN HBO Film biographical).
- Betsy Lerner (Author/Editor).
- Rebecca Saletan (VP/Editorial Director, Penguin Publishing Group).
- Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (Furniture Gallery Owner).
- J. Miller (Olympian-Swimming).
- Cait Peters, Ph.D., OTR/L; CSU Assistant Professor of Animal Science; Director of Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC) Research.
- Teresa Corey (VP/Conference Administrator at Future Horizons).
- Lily Edwards-Callaway (Ph.D.; Assoc. Professor of Animal Sciences).