Joe Dante is an American filmmaker, best known for directing cult classic films such as Gremlins, The ‘Burbs and Explorers. His career has spanned decades since his first feature-length debut in 1978’s Hollywood Boulevard. Dante has worked on a variety of genres over the years – from horror to comedy to family films. He’s also contributed to numerous television series, including Amazing Stories, Tales from the Crypt and Smallville. Aside from his film work, Joe Dante has also served as a mentor for the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women program and the AFI Conservatory Directing program. In addition, he is a member of multiple film societies including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and Directors Guild of America (DGA).