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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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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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UCSD Professor Uses Zombies To Teach About Neuroscience

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There's no escaping zombies. They've infected every corner of pop culture and more recently have been shambling into academia. Professor Bradley Voytek combines the living dead and neuroscience in his new book.

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East County Filmmaker Makes Bid For Sundance

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San Diego filmmakers have a good track record being seen at the Sundance Festival. SDSU grad Destin Cretton scored with two of his films. Now East County resident Jesse Keller hopes his "Thane of East County" will also make the cut.

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'Gone Girl' Is Perfect First Date Movie — Well Sort Of

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“Gone Girl” (opening Oct. 3 throughout San Diego) was a New York Times bestseller before author Gillian Flynn adapted it to the screen. It examines long-term relationships but from a fresh perspective.

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San Diego Film Festival Kicks Off 13th Year

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The San Diego Film Festival kicks off its 13th year Wednesday night. The festival runs through Sunday.

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Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' Is Half A Brilliant Film

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith is best known for comedies such as “Clerks,” but “Tusk” (opening Sept. 19 in select theaters) takes him out of his comfort zone and the surprise is he delivers — well almost.

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Son of Monsterpalooza: Paying Tribute To Movie Monsters

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With Halloween just around the corner, Son of Monsterpalooza — a convention celebrating movie monsters — was just what I needed last weekend.

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San Diego Opera: Looking Ahead With COO Keith Fisher

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San Diego Opera's COO Keith Fisher sees a sunny horizon as he looks ahead to the company's 2014-15 season.

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La Costa Film Festival Kicks Off

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The La Costa Film Festival drew 3,500 attendees in for its debut last year and it is already expanding in terms of both attendance and number of films showcased.

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