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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

Podcast Episode 121: Shakespeare, The Film's The Thing

Podcast Episode 121: Shakespeare, The Film's The Thing

June 24
By Beth Accomando

San Diego's Old Globe Theatre has an eight decade history of performing Shakespeare on stage. Now its artistic director Barry Edelstein wants to highlight the Bard on film.

San Diego International Fringe Festival Continues To Grow

San Diego International Fringe Festival Continues To Grow

June 22
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival takes its cue from the 70-year-old Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The 11-day event, now in its fifth year, serves up a smorgasbord of entertainment ranging from dance and music to puppets and circus.

Shakespeare Film Series Returns To The Old Globe

Shakespeare Film Series Returns To The Old Globe

June 22
By Beth Accomando

Last year's free summer Shakespeare film series was such a hit that The Old Globe Theatre is bringing it back for round two.

Black Kat Theatre Presents 'Guide To The Bill Of Rights'

Black Kat Theatre Presents 'Guide To The Bill Of Rights'

June 19
By Beth Accomando

Black Kat Theatre uses humor to entertain and enlighten audiences about current events and politics. Its new show, "Guide to the Bill of Rights," provides a humorously informative journey through the first 10 amendments.

Podcast Episode 120: 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Revels In Real Foun...

Podcast Episode 120: 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Revels In Real Found Footage

June 16
By Beth Accomando

Found footage is a tired trope in horror but those films all manufacture their supposed found footage. That kind of fakery holds no interest for filmmaker Bill Morrison. He is interested in the real deal, genuine footage that has been unearthed, uncovered or just waiting to be found and brought to light. His latest film, "Dawson City: Frozen Time," finds treasures in the arctic ice.

'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Serves Up A Fever Dream Of Cinema History

'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Serves Up A Fever Dream Of Cinema History

June 15
By Beth Accomando

The horror genre has turned found footage films into a tired gimmick, but the documentary "Dawson City: Frozen Time" (playing for one week at Digital Gym Cinema starting Friday) shows the breathtaking allure of a true found footage film.

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

June 14
By Beth Accomando, Marissa Cabrera

Christopher Ashley took home his first Tony Award Sunday for directing “Come From Away,” a musical about the small Canadian town of Gander, which sheltered thousands of airline passengers stranded after their planes were diverted on 9/11.

Don't Let Ads For 'It Comes At Night' Mislead You

Don't Let Ads For 'It Comes At Night' Mislead You

June 8
By Beth Accomando

There is a saying that you can not judge a book by its cover. You also can not judge a film by its ad campaign. So ignore the ads for "It Comes At Night" (opening Friday at select San Diego theaters) and go in with an open mind and appreciates this dark exploration of the darkness that lies within.

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

Podcast Episode 119: Queer Horror

Podcast Episode 119: Queer Horror

June 8
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut San Diego is hosting its first-ever block of gay horror shorts and it highlights how LGBT filmmakers are turning more and more to genre filmmaking. So I felt it was time to pay tribute to queer cinema and talk to some filmmakers about why they choose to work in the genre.

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