Premieres on December 10 at 8 p.m. ET

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, December 4, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continue their series of specials exploring some of the greatest artistic collaborations in film. In the fourth installment of the series, TCM PRESENTS: AFI'S MASTER CLASS – THE ART OF COLLABORATION: Rob Reiner and Robert Leighton, the two discuss their work together in front of an audience comprised of AFI Fellows studying filmmaking at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. The special will premiere on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) with an encore at 12:00 a.m. (ET), only on TCM.   

Since Reiner and Leighton began working together more than three decades ago, their collaborations have entertained generations of moviegoers. Leighton has edited 15 of Reiner's movies. Among them are THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989), MISERY (1990), A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) and THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995). 

In the new AFI special, Reiner and Leighton discuss their many collaborations and how the craft of editing influences the art of storytelling. They also discuss the films that have inspired them, including CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971), IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966). AFI'S MASTER CLASS features clips from these films, as well as memorable scenes from the artists' own movies. 

Master classes are a core part of the curriculum at the AFI Conservatory, which offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines and is consistently recognized as one of the world's top film schools. With an audience comprised solely of AFI Fellows, two artists discuss films that inspired them and present clips from classic films. They also present and discuss their own collaborative work to illustrate different aspects of filmmaking. Each program concludes with a Q&A session with AFI Fellows.

Promotional clip available for download here.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at, and

About TCM
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM, which is available in more than 85 million homes, features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. Currently in its 20th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials; film series like THE ESSENTIALS, hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT; and annual programming events like 31 DAYS OF OSCAR® in February, SUMMER UNDER THE STARS in August and TCM ESSENTIALS JR. during the summer. TCM also connects with movie fans through such events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at and through the Watch TCM mobile app. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.