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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 Online Film Critics Society, and is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She served as 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. Now she volunteers as part of The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema to bring independent and envelope-pushing genre filmmaking to the Media Arts Center San Diego's micro cinema.

Beth has been a film critic for more than 25 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 by Beth Accomando

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Women Dominate Eighth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

April 18
By Beth Accomando

The Eighth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase opens Thursday with Mina Shum's "Meditation Park."

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San Marcos-Based RealDoll Launches AI Sex Dolls

April 20
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Matthew Bowler, Nicholas McVicker

San Marcos is home to RealDolls, a company that makes sex dolls and is about to release its first model with artificial intelligence. WARNING: Mature content.

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Podcast Episode 140: Hemlock Society And Right To Die Films

April 13
By Beth Accomando

Death. No one likes to talk about it and no one likes to think about how he or she might actually exit this world. But the Hemlock Society of San Diego has some film suggestions that might change your mind.

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'Rampage' Delivers Kaiju-Style Monsters

April 12
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes going into a film with low expectations can lead to pleasant surprises. Case in point: “Rampage.”

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Latest Ken Classics Week Looks Mainly To 1960s

April 11
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of classics, this time there’s an emphasis on films from the 1960s.

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Cinema Junkie Looks To A Trio Of New Films

April 6
By Beth Accomando

This week there is a diverse array of film choices from around the world and assorted genres. You can choose amongst the horror film “A Quiet Place,” the Israeli drama “Foxtrot,” and “Tehran Taboo” by a German-Iranian animator.

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San Diego Museum Of Art Hosts Screening Of 'All Night Long'

April 5
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Museum of Art may not be the first place you think of for a movie, but it has an ongoing film series and Thursday night's film, "All Night Long," mixes jazz and Shakespeare.

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'Pandas' Invade Fleet Science Center

April 4
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

On an adorability scale of one to 10, pandas are an 11. But the new IMAX documentary "Pandas" (opening at the Fleet Science Center) looks past their fluffy appeal to the hard work that goes into saving the species.

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Steven Spielberg Delivers Pop Culture Sensory Overload With 'Ready Player One'

March 30
By Beth Accomando

Steven Spielberg, hot off of Oscar nominations for last year’s "The Post," already has a new movie out. It's the eagerly anticipated "Ready Player One."

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Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Offers Enchanting Stop Motion Animation

March 30
By Beth Accomando

It's the Year of the Dog and Wes Anderson’s animated "Isle of Dogs" serves up a fitting tribute to the lovable canines.

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