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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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Isabelle Huppert Shines In 'Things To Come'

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The film, which opens Dec. 9 at Landmark's Ken Cinema, uses the title of a famous sci-fi flick. But it’s as far from science fiction as you can get. The down-to-earth French film is about meeting change head on.

Podcast Episode 102: New Documentary Looks At The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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"1948: Creation and Catastrophe" looks to the pivotal year that David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the state of Israel and how that impacted the Middle East.

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Actor Val Kilmer To Introduce His 'Citizen Twain' Film At Ken Cinema

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Actor Val Kilmer will be in San Diego on Dec. 8 to introduce his filmed one-man show "Citizen Twain" at Landmark's Ken Cinema.

Podcast Episode 101: Remembering Drive-Ins

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Celebrate the allure of the American drive-in with this Cinema Junkie archive edition.

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Award-winning 'Manchester By The Sea' Opens In San Diego

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Kenneth Lonergan impressed audiences with his debut film "You Can Count on Me." His latest film "Manchester by the Sea" has been racking up awards, including a quartet from the National Board of Review earlier this week.

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UCSD Lays Off 21 People From Department of Theater, Dance

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UCSD informed 21 members of the Department of Theater and Dance on Nov. 9 that their jobs would end in January.

Podcast Episode 100: Films To Be Thankful For

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It’s Thanksgiving and I have a special holiday episode all about the films people are thankful for. I speak to some famous people and some who are just diehard cinephiles.

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'Nocturnal Animals' And 'Arrival' Offer Something For The Grown-Ups

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Amy Adams deserves kudos for taking on a pair of films that challenge viewers to not just sit passively and watch but to think.

Podcast Episode 99: Stuntman Pays Tribute To His Idol Jackie Chan

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Cinema Junkie Podcast pays tribute to Jackie Chan by way of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a stuntman who grew up worshipping the Hong Kong Action star.

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'Two Films On Photography' Plus Live Reading At MOPA

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The Museum of Photographic Arts hosts a night of experimental film and performance as Wolfgang Hastert presents Two Films On Photography, an event screening and voice performance on Nov. 18.

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