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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

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'The Squirrels' Invade La Jolla Playhouse

June 15
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

La Jolla Playhouse just opened a new play by Robert Askins called "The Squirrels" and things have gotten a bit squirrelly.

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'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' Gives Alien Spin To Teen Coming Of Age Story

June 15
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell scored a cult hit with his first film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Now he's back with "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," playing at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Podcast Episode 144: TCM Mad About Musicals

June 8
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie Podcast goes Mad About Musicals as Turner Classic Movies launches new online film class.

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FilmOut, San Diego's LGBTQ Film Festival, Opens Thursday Night

June 7
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBTQ film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary Thursday evening. Look back to its roots as well as this year's films.

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San Diego Film Critics Give Summer Movie Recommendations

June 4
By Beth Accomando, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

From blockbuster action movies to indie horror films, the summer movie season has something for everyone.

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Podcast Episode 143: LGBTQ Cinema And FilmOut At 20

May 25
By Beth Accomando

Since San Diego’s LGBTQ film festival FilmOut celebrates its 20th anniversary this year I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the state of LGBTQ cinema and what a festival focusing on that community might need to look like moving forward.

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Proves Surprisingly Fun

May 24
By Beth Accomando

There has been a lot of drama for Star Wars fans and not all of it on screen. Here's a spoiler-free review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and a look at its troubled journey.

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'The Big Gundown' Kicks Off Spaghetti Western Film Series

May 23
By Beth Accomando

This Thursday, I get to co-present a spaghetti western film series entitled “They Call Me Sergio,” with Film Geeks SD and the San Diego Italian Film Festival. The first film is “The Big Gundown.”

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'Deadpool 2' Aims Low And Hits A Bullseye

May 17
By Beth Accomando

With "Infinity War" still in theaters, and "Deadpool 2" and "Han Solo" joining the ranks, pop culture geeks have a lot to choose from and argue over at the movies these days.

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San Diego Symphony Screens Silent Classic 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc'

May 17
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The San Diego Symphony will present Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent classic "The Passion of Joan of Arc" this Saturday as part of its Fox Theatre Film Series. The music collective Luscious Noise will perform live as the film plays at Copley Hall.

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