2017 | Conversations
Two-time Emmy® Award winner Rob Reiner first came to fame as an actor on the landmark television series All In The Family. He went on to become an acclaimed director of some of the most popular and influential motion pictures of the last 35 years. From THIS IS SPINAL TAP, STAND BY ME, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY to MISERY, A FEW GOOD MEN, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, and GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI, Reiner has shown versatility in tackling different genres.
Currently, Reiner is in post-production on SHOCK AND AWE, starring Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden, Jessica Biel, Milla Jovovich, and Reiner himself.
His latest film, LBJ, also starring Woody Harrelson, will screen at HIFF25.
Reiner is also known for his political activism. In California he led the passage of Proposition 10, a tax on cigarettes that generates more than $500M/year for early childhood development. In addition, Reiner and his wife Michele were founding members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which led the first federal lawsuit against California’s discriminatory Proposition 8. AFER’s victory in the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for marriage equality nationwide.
Moderated by Alison Willmore, Critic, BuzzFeed News