Winner – 2023 Film Heritage Award, National Society of Film Critics
Screen Slate is a guide to the film scene in New York City and beyond. It shares daily listings of arthouse/repertory cinema and gallery shows happening in NYC and publishes original daily cultural criticism, zines, and podcasts.
Screen Slate is also an IRL curatorial and publishing platform. Many of its series take place at Anthology Film Archives, including 1995: The Year the Internet Broke, This Is Mini DV (On 35mm), and The Medium is the Massacre. These often take a conceptual approach, foregrounding the medium of presentation and pairing genre films with artists’, avant-garde, and experimental works. Screen Slate usually also publishes zines to go along with them.
During COVID, Screen Slate pivoted to “Stream Slate” mode, continuing to publish daily email dispatches including essays and recommendations based around streaming culture and online events. It also launched a (sort of) biweekly streaming series on Twitch featuring collaborations with artists and organizations such as Ken Jacobs, Smithsonian NMAAHC, Cory Arcangel, Collaborative Cataloging Japan, Canyon Cinema, and many others. (Read an essay about the switch here.)
Screen Slate launched early February 2011, and rebooted with a reader-funded new design in mid-2016. Nearly 7,000 subscribers also receive Screen Slate’s listings each morning as a daily email. (Jon Dieringer has worked on it 365 days a year — 366 on leap years — without a single day off and secretly considers it a durational performance art project.)
“When I die I want to go to Screen Slate. But, like Susan Hayward, I want to live… and still get Screen Slate delivered every morning, which, amazingly, I do. It’s not only stone informative, but consoling and inspiring, and makes you think there’s hope for New York.”
“The only website that actually gives me pleasure in checking daily.”
Nick Pinkerton, Artforum, August 2017
“My favourite thing in NYC.”
Diana Hamilton, Frieze, March 2020
“An indelible resource for New York City cinephiles.”
Carolyn Lazard, The Brooklyn Rail, June 2015
“Astounding… It’s really helpful and a must for New Yorkers, obviously. Your very wide definition of what counts as ‘cinema’ can only help cross-fertilize the activities of media artists of all sorts, and their audiences will follow.”
David Bordwell, co-author of Film Art
“[Nonprofit cinemas] all are acutely aware of existing within a larger and growing ecosystem that often thrives on collaboration. … Websites like Screen Slate offer comprehensive guides.”
Dennis Lim, The New York Times, September 2011
“If you’re an avid filmgoer, Screen Slate is your lifeline.”
Vanity Fair, March 2020
MUBI, April 2015
In the press:
“Q&A: Jon Dieringer Talks Founding Screen Slate and New York Moviegoing”, The Village Voice, Bilge Ebiri, March 30, 2017.
“In Conversation: Jon Dieringer with Carolyn Lazard”, The Brooklyn Rail, Carolyn Lazard, June 3, 2015.
“Want to Get Your Film Out There? The Right Curators Can Help!”, No Film School, Oakley Anderson-Moore, May 21, 2015.
“Screen Slate Founder Jon Dieringer on the Overhaul of NYC’s Repertory Film Listing Service”, Filmmaker Magazine, Sarah Salovaara, May 1, 2015.
“Filmwax Radio EP 108: Jon Dieringer,” Filmwax Radio, Adam Schartoff, January 30, 2013.
“Movie Lovers We Love: Jon Dieringer Runs New York’s Screen Slate, a Daily Email Full of Unique Screening Experiences”, Indiewire, Bryce J. Renninger, August 3, 2012.
“Richard Hell Talks Robert Bresson at BAM”, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Tobias Carroll, May 12, 2012.
“Choosing Cinematheque Over Cineplex”, The New York Times, Dennis Lim, September 2, 2011.