As the man behind the repertory cinema guide email and website Screen Slate, Jon Dieringer is a true cinephile’s cinephile. His daily guide focuses on film and video screenings, gallery installations, and other events from a wide variety of venues across New York City.
Most daily emails include an impassioned plea from Dieringer for his readers to go see a film screening later that night. Today, for instance, he suggests seeing “Son of Dracula” at the Film Forum. Below that is a robust list of other repertory and independent film screenings, followed by a list of galleries showing video and film work.
In college, Dieringer was prepping to be on set, and he got started on film sets early. After college in Pittsburgh, he worked in various departments on the indie “Adventureland.” On set, he was able to make connections with various department heads and the film’s producers, including Ted Hope and Anne Carey. While he was able to turn that experience into a job on other films like “Take Him to the Greek,” Dieringer has not yet devoted his life to film sets.
But it was his time at the Palace Theater in Canton, Ohio, where he worked as a youngster cultivating his cinephilia and helping the theater to host a weekly indie night, that set Dieringer up for his current work. Dieringer has set up shop in Brooklyn, where he writes Screen Slate and works with others to manage the non-profit Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
Both Screen Slate and the Spectacle Theater seek to show and place a spotlight on the unexpected. Screening at the Spectacle Theater this month, for instance, are the work of the visual artist Liliane Lijn, Chris Marker’s “A Grin without a Cat,” a series of beachside horror films called Dark Waves, and Summer of Shrapnel, a series of action films from around the world.
For Dieringer, Screen Slate is about exposing people to things they would have never considered going to. “I’m interested in bringing diverse audiences into different films.”
While he’s reluctant to write about the obvious retrospective screenings (“Does ‘Citizen Kane’ need a screening now?”), Dieringer recounted a number of instances when writing derisive comments about screenings of classic films got readers to finally see them.
Dieringer hasn’t given up film production completely. He recently debuted his “Tough Guys,” in which the music underscoring Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets” is replaced by YouTube covers of the songs in the original soundtrack (see below for an example). He’s also just finished a top secret web project, which should debut later this summer.
Last Film You Saw: The A&E biography of Ben & Jerry. I thought the ending was kind of depressing. Basically, they had no choice but to sell the company they invested so much in.
Favorite Film: There are some Austrian experimental filmmakers who communicate what I like about film — Peter Kubelka, Peter Tscherkassky. More narrative films like “Vertigo,” “Letter from an Unknown Woman,” “Night of the Living Dead” kicks ass.
Favorite Venue Outside of the City: The Palace Theater in Canton, Ohio