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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

Ryan Coogler Helms A Smart, Entertaining 'Black Panther'

Ryan Coogler Helms A Smart, Entertaining 'Black Panther'

Feb. 16
By Beth Accomando

The day has finally come. Marvel’s eagerly anticipated “Black Panther” has opened.

Inaugural Black Comix Day Celebrates Independent Black Ar...

Inaugural Black Comix Day Celebrates Independent Black Artists And Creators

Feb. 15
By Beth Accomando

With Marvel’s "Black Panther" poised to take over the box office this weekend, it’s the perfect time to shine the spotlight on independent black artists and creators.

Filmmaker Larry Cohen To Present 'The Private Files Of J....

Filmmaker Larry Cohen To Present 'The Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover'

Feb. 15
By Beth Accomando

This Sunday veteran independent filmmaker Larry Cohen, director of "It's Alive" and "The Stuff," will be at the Museum of Photographic Arts to present his 1977 film "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover."

Podcast Episode 136: A Valentine To The Rapturous Romanti...

Podcast Episode 136: A Valentine To The Rapturous Romanticism Of Wong Kar-Wai

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

My idea of a good date movie is "Shaun of the Dead." So maybe I'm not the best person to be making Valentine's Day recommendations. But there's one contemporary filmmaker who consistently tackles love with such lush romanticism that even I swoon at his movies. That filmmaker is Wong Kar-Wai. So as much as I hate Cupid's silly holiday, here's a Valentine to Wong Kar-Wai.

'The 15:17 To Paris' Film Uses Real Life Heroes To Play T...

'The 15:17 To Paris' Film Uses Real Life Heroes To Play Themselves

Feb. 8
By Beth Accomando

On Aug. 21, 2015, three young American men thwarted a terrorist attack on a European train. That act of heroism is the center of Clint Eastwood's new film "The 15:17 to Paris." The novelty of the film is that the three real heroes play themselves.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival Begins Thursday, Closes Fe...

San Diego Jewish Film Festival Begins Thursday, Closes Feb. 18 With 'Jungle'

Feb. 6
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival opens Feb. 8 with a documentary on Sammy Davis, Jr., "I Gotta Be Me" and closes with Greg McLean's "Jungle," about the true story of a young Israeli man's adventure in the Bolivian jungle.

'The Blood Is At The Doorstep' Closes Human Rights Watch ...

'The Blood Is At The Doorstep' Closes Human Rights Watch Film Festival On Sunday

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival opened last night at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The festival closes on Sunday with Erik Ljung's documentary "The Blood is at the Doorstep."

Podcast Episode 135: Batman '66 Exhibit

Podcast Episode 135: Batman '66 Exhibit

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando

Fifty-two years ago ABC launched the TV show "Batman" and forever changed the pop culture landscape.

Ken Cinema Mixes It Up For A Week Of Classics

Ken Cinema Mixes It Up For A Week Of Classics

Feb. 1
By Beth Accomando

Landmark's Ken Cinema is serving up another week of classics and that is always cause for celebration.

Tango Pulses Through San Diego Opera's 'Maria De Buenos A...

Tango Pulses Through San Diego Opera's 'Maria De Buenos Aires'

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera’s second dētour production of the season, "Maria de Buenos Aires," is almost sold out for its four-performance run. Here's why this tango opera is generating so much interest.

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