After receiving Colorado State University’s 2023 Founders Day Medal, the next in a long list of honors for animal science professor Temple Grandin is a new documentary film directed by award-winning filmmaker John Barnhardt (B.A., ’96).

An Open Door includes interviews with Grandin, her colleagues, industry professionals, and those she has influenced throughout her career as a champion of the humane treatment of livestock, autism rights, and inclusive neurodiversity.

Presented by CSU, An Open Door wrapped up filming this spring. The production team also includes eight current students working on the documentary, which is expected to be released later this year.

In 2010, Grandin was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 people who most affect the world, and was the subject of an Emmy Award-winning HBO film starring Claire Danes. An Open Door picks up where that movie ended.