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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

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'Hail, Caesar!' Delivers Screwball Comedy And More

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A Coen Brothers film is always something to look forward to and "Hail, Caesar!" (opening this weekend in select theaters) is no exception.

Podcast Episode 59: The Self-Aware Zombie

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With "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" reanimating on screens this weekend, the time seems ripe to speak with Doctor of the Dead Arnold T. Blumberg about a recent strain of the undead — the self-aware zombie.

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San Diego Jewish Film Festival Launches 26th Year With South African Drama

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The 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival opens Thursday night with the U.S. premiere of the South African drama "The Price of Sugar." Here are some highlights.

Podcast Episode 58: Under-Appreciated Black Directors

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On the heels of Oscar snubbing black actors and filmmakers again, and on the eve of Black History Month, Cinema Junkie sits down with a pair of black San Diego independent filmmakers to talk about some under-appreciated African-American directors whose works are worth seeking out.

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'45 Years' Looks To Marriage On The Rocks

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Charlotte Rampling received a best actress Oscar nomination for "45 Years" (opening Jan. 29 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla, and Angelika Center). The performance is award-worthy but the actress’ response to the outcry over the all-white nominees may have killed her chances of winning.

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Preview: San Diego Black Film Festival

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This year’s San Diego Black Film Festival arrives amidst public outcry over another year of very white Academy Award nominations. But the festival highlights the diversity of black filmmaking.

Podcast Episode 57: San Diego Black Film Festival

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The San Diego Black Film Festival reveals the diversity of contemporary black filmmaking.

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Dame Maggie Smith Finds 'Vagabond Nobility' In 'Lady In The Van'

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“Lady in the Van” tells the “mostly true story” of playwright Alan Bennett’s odd relationship with a homeless woman who camped out on his driveway for 15 years.

Podcast Episode 56: The Black Panthers And Oscar Boycott

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The screening of a documentary about the Black Panthers at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival this weekend seems oddly appropriate on the heels of the very white Academy Award nominations. Would the Black Panthers be boycotting the Oscars?

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Uses Documentaries To Stir Awareness

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off its sixth year and four days of films at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Jan. 21.

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