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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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Being Barbarella: Going Behind the Lipstick of 'Diary of a Diva'

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For the past decade, Barbarella Fokos has been writing her popular column Diary of a Diva for the San Diego Reader. Now she has released her first book, "Diary of a Diva: Behind the Lipstick."

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'Sin City' Sequel Delivers Babes, Blood And Beatings

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Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller collaborate once again to bring the noir world of “Sin City” to the screen, this time for “A Dame to Kill For” (opening in select San Diego theaters on Aug. 22).

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'Sweat' — Hot Dances For The Hot Summer Nights

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The dog days of summer have not been conducive to dance in the past but San Diego Dance Theater wants to change that this year. So things are heating up at the White Box Theater this weekend.

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Silent Movie Night Features Old School Action At Spreckels Organ Pavillion

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If you love action films you need to check out the Monday night lineup at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

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Tiki Oasis Goes Beat, Can You Dig It?

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Tiki Oasis boasts that it is the biggest tiki weekender on the planet and will quell your wanderlust and quench your thirst.

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Robin Williams: Carpe Diem

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On Monday there was a little less laughter in the world. Actor and comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Tuesday, the Marin County Sheriff revealed Williams had died of hanging and suicide is suspected.

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One Word 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Review: Cowabungled

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Michael Bay seems to have it in for anyone who grew up in the 80s, first by ruining “Transformers” and now by laying siege on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (opening August 8 throughout San Diego).

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'Angels, Aliens And Drag Queens' At The Ocean Beach Playhouse

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The Ocean Beach Playhouse has been enlivening the arts scene with theater, film and music for the past four years. Saturday they present their first standalone group art show "Angels, Aliens and Drag Queens."

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Film Review: Documentary Introduces Audiences To The Amazing 'Pablo' Ferro

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The documentary "Pablo" introduces you to the "famously unknown" graphic designer and art director Pablo Ferro. It is opening August 9 at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Conquer The Summer Doldrums

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the perfect summer movie, delivering exactly what you want from a comic book adaptation.

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