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'Temple Grandin' to be shown Thursday, April 14

April 11, 2011
Coleman Cornelius

As part of National Autism Awareness Month in April, Colorado State University plans a special screening of "Temple Grandin", the acclaimed HBO movie based on the early life of CSU's renowned animal sciences professor.

Movie PosterEvent free and open to the public

The showing will be at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Behavioral Sciences Building Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. To ensure seating, please RSVP at the website.

“Temple Grandin,” released in 2010, depicts the early life of the autistic animal scientist who teaches and conducts research in CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Recently awarded prestigious Peabody Award

On March 31, the HBO movie won a prestigious Peabody Award, given to the nation’s best electronic media; producers will receive the award during a ceremony in New York City in May. Last August, “Temple Grandin” swept all major categories of the Emmy Awards. Actress Claire Danes also won a Golden Globe for her work in the title role.

The biopic traces Grandin’s childhood struggles with autism and her unique connection to animals. It depicts the successful career she ultimately built in humane livestock handling and food-animal welfare – largely because of her sensory insights and visual-thinking abilities.

Introduction to the film

A representative of the Department of Occupational Therapy will introduce the movie. The department has a new research project under way that assists students with autism spectrum disorders.