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Beth Accomando

Arts & Culture Reporter

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Beth Accomando covers arts and culture around San Diego for KPBS News. Beth studied film at UCSD and had her student film Writer’s Notebook screened as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s "Forty-Two Emerging Artists" showcase in 1981. She has edited the sequels to "The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and video documentaries on Billy Wilder and roller hockey.

Beth is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She is the festival director of Film School Confidential: A Showcase of San Diego Student Filmmaking. In the past she has served on the film selection committee for the San Diego State University Student Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival and San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Beth has been a film critic for more than 20 years and began at KPBS in 1987. Since 1997 she has been covering independent and international cinema as well as pop culture for National Public Radio and Public Radio International’s The World. She has received numerous Society of Professional Journalist Awards and San Diego Press Club Awards for her radio and web site work at KPBS. She has also received 11 southwestern area Emmy Awards in the categories of producing, writing, and sound design for promotional spots as well as national Pro Max and Telly Awards while working at Fox.

She has a passion for Hong Kong cinema, Japanese monster movies, horror, and film noir. She collects movie posters and toys, and loves putting on a haunted house every year.

Recent Stories

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Death Café: Tea And Cake Make Death More Palatable

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San Diego has more than a dozen Death Cafés where people get together to talk about death. If you think that sounds morbid, think again.

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Insects In Religion: Sacred Scarabs To Harbingers Of Doom

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TheNAT just opened their King Tut exhibit and curator of entomology Dr. Michael Wall says ancient Egypt isn't the only culture to incorporate bugs into religion. Dr. Wall presents a lecture Thursday night called Insects in Religion: From Sacred Scarabs to Manna from Heaven.

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Vista Embraces Craft Beer

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San Diego Beer Week draws to a close this weekend. The ten-day event is designed to showcase craft breweries including those in Vista where beer is booming.

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'The Theory Of Everything' Opts For Love Over Science

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It’s that time of year when Hollywood trots out its Oscar hopefuls, and Eddie Redmayne seems assured of a nomination for his portrait of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (opening in select San Diego theaters on Nov. 14).

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San Diego Beer Week In Full Swing

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San Diego Beer Week kicked off over the weekend with multiple events including the sold-out Guild Fest on Saturday. Here's a taste of what's to come.

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15th San Diego Asian Film Festival Challenges Stereotypes

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The 15th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off last night with a full house at the Reading Gaslamp Theaters. Pac-Arts' Brian Hu offers this preview.

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Inaugural Point Music Film Festival Debuts Saturday

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This Saturday marks the debut of the Point Music Film Festival, which prides itself as being San Diego’s “first music only” film festival. Here's a preview.

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Why Do We Love To Be Scared?

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Halloween is big business. In addition to people spending millions on costumes, decorations and candy, 35 million people are estimated to attend some kind of haunted attraction. But if you think Disney Haunted Mansion is typical of what’s available, think again.

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San Diego's McKamey Manor Takes Haunting To Extremes

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A new trend in extreme haunts offers people the chance to have the “victim experience” and be made a participant in your own horror movie for up to eight hours. San Diego is home to McKamey Manor, one of the top-rated extreme haunts in the nation.

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Zombies Versus Real Science: Which Is Scarier?

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Zombies are reanimated corpses that crave human flesh. But is that scarier than the real disorders that can affect the human brain?

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