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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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Commedia Dell'arte And The Roots Of Slapstick

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Chronos Theatre Group is dedicated to connecting modern audiences with works from around the world and through time. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews a workshop on commedia dell’arte to find out how a 16th century Italian comedy style connects with people in the new millennium.

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'The Babadook' Tackles Childhood Fears And More

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If you’ve had all the holiday cheer you can take, then how about a dose of atmospheric Australian horror with “The Babdook” (opening Dec. 19 at the Digital Gym Cinema).

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Welcoming The Final 'Hobbit' Movie With A Mealtime Marathon

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The latest installment of “The Hobbit Trilogy” — “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” — boasts that it is “The Defining Chapter.” Well, let’s just say that hopefully it will be the last.

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'Wild' Offers Artistically Tame Journey Of Self-Discovery

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"Wild" is the story of one woman’s journey to find herself and as such, there's a lot of introspection and internal dialogue.

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Mexican Noir At The Digital Gym

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Film noir is a distinctly American film style that emerged in the 1940s. But its influence has been felt around the globe. You can check out some Mexican noir this Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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'The Dark Valley' Serves Up An Alpine Western

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Eighty-three countries have submitted entries for the 2015 Best Foreign Film Oscar. You can check out the Austrian entry, “The Dark Valley,” when it opens this weekend at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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Bond 24 Will be Called SPECTRE

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Be still my heart! New Bond movie was revealed this morning as "SPECTRE" with Christoph Waltz as the villain and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.

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John Waters Still Shocking And Fun After All These Years

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John Waters won himself a place in the pop culture landscape with his 1972 film "Pink Flamingos" starring Divine. Tonight he appears at the North Park Theatre for a sold out performance of "A John Waters Christmas," which details his obsession and passion for the winter holiday. Waters talks about his new book "Carsick."

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John Waters Comes To San Diego For One Man Show

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Cult icon John Waters makes a rare live appearance Monday in San Diego at the North Park Theatre for "A John Waters Christmas."

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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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