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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

GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

Oct. 18
By Beth Accomando

The GI Film Festival San Diego kicks off Wednesday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The opening night film is "The 2 Sides Project," a documentary about healing the wounds of war.

'Pirates of Penzance' Sets Sail At San Diego Opera

'Pirates of Penzance' Sets Sail At San Diego Opera

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Sometimes art emphasizes escape over enlightenment. Such is the case with San Diego Opera’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Pirates of Penzance."

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s more than just horror at the box office this weekend.

Podcast Episode 128: Gay Horror And The Final Boys

Podcast Episode 128: Gay Horror And The Final Boys

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando

You all know about the final girl in horror, that feisty possibly virginal heroine who’s the last one left standing after some serial killer goes on a rampage. But are you familiar with the final boy?

San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday

San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando

"The Playground" is a feature film shot entirely in San Diego and with a cast and crew almost exclusively from San Diego. The film has its world premiere Thursday night at Reading Clairemont Town Square Cinemas.

Podcast Episode 127: Giallo Cinema, Killing It With Style

Podcast Episode 127: Giallo Cinema, Killing It With Style

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

Italian giallo cinema is something everyone needs to experience at least once. It consumes you like a fever dream and assaults your senses with an audacious excess of style. Soak up some glorious giallo elegance with this podcast.

Long-Awaited 'Blade Runner' Sequel Finally Arrives

Long-Awaited 'Blade Runner' Sequel Finally Arrives

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

It has been more than three decades since Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” opened in theaters and defined a new kind of sci-fi film. “Blade Runner 2049” arrives as one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of all time.

San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA

San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival launches its 11th season Wednesday night at the Museum of Photographic Arts with the documentary "Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)."

San Diego International Film Festival Opens With Thurgood Marshall ...

San Diego International Film Festival Opens With Thurgood Marshall Film

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

It's a week for film festivals with the San Diego Italian and San Diego International Film Festivals both kicking off Wednesday night. San Diego International Film Festival opens its 16th year at the Balboa Theater with "Marshall," a film looking to the early years of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

'Bat Boy: The Musical' Inspired By '90s Tabloid Headline

'Bat Boy: The Musical' Inspired By '90s Tabloid Headline

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

The Weekly World News was notorious for its outlandish covers that caught your eye at the grocery checkout. One of those headline stories featuring a half-bat, half-boy inspired the musical “Bat Boy,” which has a new production running at OB Playhouse.

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