JOE DANTE – “FANTASY STAR” AWARD
He was born in 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey. He was hardened in the legendary Roger Corman’s factory as editor until he took the leap to direction, co-directing with Allan Arkush Hollywood Boulevard (1976). In 1978 he tried his luck on his own with Piranha, written by a first-timer John Sayles, with whom he collaborated again on The Howling (1981). In 1983 he began a successful collaboration with Steven Spielberg as a producer, directing one of the segments of the film adaptation of the legendary series The Twiligh Zone. This collaboration continued with the successful Gremlins (1984), its sequel Gremlins 2 (1990) or Innerspace (1987). Other well-known titles by him are Explorers (1985), The ‘Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Small Soldiers (1998) or Burying the Ex (2014), his latest feature film to date.