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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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Missed Out On Comic-Con? Get Your Geek On At Nerd Con In North County

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The three-day event, which caters to the geek and cosplay community, takes over 12 acres of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido this weekend.

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Exitos Del Cine Latino Extends San Diego Latino Film Fest Into Summer

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The San Diego Latino Film Festival runs every March but sometimes there’s just not enough room to showcase all that’s good. Exitos del Cine Latino provides a summer showcase for the overflow.

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Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew' Reimagined In The Era Of 'Mad Men'

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The Bard was a great writer, but some of his work can be problematic for contemporary audiences. A new production frames one character as a budding feminist dealing with chauvinistic attitudes in the 1960s.

Podcast Episode 87: 'Hell Or High Water' And The Indie Spirit

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"Hell or High Water" is a throwback to 1970s indie films. Director David Mackenzie and actor Gil Birmingham talk about making a contemporary Western that delivers social commentary.

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Steve Martin's 'Meteor Shower' Has World Premiere At Old Globe

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The Old Globe Theatre would like Steve Martin to view its stage as a home for anything he writes. Two years ago it hosted his musical "Bright Star." Now comes the world premiere of his play "Meteor Shower."

Podcast 86: ScareLA And Extreme Haunter Russ McKamey

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There are less than three months until Halloween. Spirit stores are already posting signs looking for employees and I am still trying to track down tentacles for my Lovecraft haunt this year. So basically it’s panic mode. Fortunately, I spent this past weekend at ScareLA where my sense of panic was understood by fellow Halloween enthusiasts.

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'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

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The new film "Hell or High Water" (opening Aug. 12 in select San Diego theaters) looks to a pair of Texas brothers on a crime spree. But it’s about a lot more than bank robbers on the run.

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Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

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The comedian's new film serves up a bit of a history lesson about improv and lays out some rules. It begins a two-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday.

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Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

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The Preston Sturges classic screwball comedy "The Lady Eve" screens Friday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Special guest Jamy Ian Swiss will be on hand to offer close-up magic as well as to discuss the art of the con.

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New Nonprofit Group Wants To Revitalize Starlight Bowl In Balboa Park

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The Starlight Bowl was home for more than half a century to San Diego Civic Light Opera, later known as Starlight Musical Theatre. But in 2012 that organization folded and the venue fell into disrepair. Now there's a community initiative to bring back the Starlight Bowl.

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