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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

A Man-Eating Plant, Marilyn As A Femme Fatale, And A Male Buddy Film

A Man-Eating Plant, Marilyn As A Femme Fatale, And A Male Buddy Film

Aug. 18
By Beth Accomando

This weekend, there’s something old, something new and something carnivorous to check out at the movies.

Podcast Episode 124: RIP George A. Romero, Godfather Of The Undead

Podcast Episode 124: RIP George A. Romero, Godfather Of The Undead

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

George A. Romero died on July 16. The zombie community paid tribute to him during Comic-Con, and I gather some of those memories and an archive interview with him for this remembrance.

Barry Edelstein Gives Us A Vigorous, Youthful 'Hamlet'

Barry Edelstein Gives Us A Vigorous, Youthful 'Hamlet'

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando

For some actors and directors, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" represents a challenge that must be met at some point in one's career. Five years into his job as artistic director at The Old Globe Theatre, Barry Edelstein is meeting that challenge and directing his first "Hamlet."

John Luther Adams' 'The Wind Garden' Challenges Expectations On Wha...

John Luther Adams' 'The Wind Garden' Challenges Expectations On What Art Is

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando

On Monday, composer John Luther Adams’ officially opened "The Wind Garden" at UC San Diego. Think of it as a kind of living wind chime made up of eucalyptus trees that have been fitted with motion and light sensors that translate varying forces of wind and changing light patterns into sound instantaneously using sophisticated software.

Sundance Hit 'Brigsby Bear' Opens

Sundance Hit 'Brigsby Bear' Opens

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

"Brigsby Bear" is something of a San Diego success story. Its creators, director Dave McCary and writer-star Kyle Mooney, went from San Diego to "Saturday Night Live," then earlier this year, their film became a sleeper hit at Sundance.

Halloween Conventions Part Two: ScareLA

Halloween Conventions Part Two: ScareLA

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

Only 88 days till Halloween and thankfully for the second weekend in a row there is a Halloween convention to help you prepare for whatever you need. This weekend it's ScareLA.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Tells The True Story Of The Algiers Mot...

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Tells The True Story Of The Algiers Motel Incident

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Detroit” looks to the tragic events at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 riots in the Motor City. For five days in 1967, Detroit was rocked by violent unrest that would leave 43 dead, hundreds injured, thousands arrested, and neighborhoods burned to the ground.

Ken Ludwig's 'Robin Hood!' Earns Its Exclamation Point

Ken Ludwig's 'Robin Hood!' Earns Its Exclamation Point

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando

Robin Hood is an iconic character in film and literature. The Old Globe Theatre serves up its own version of the heroic outlaw in its newly commissioned play from Ken Ludwig called "Robin Hood!"

Halloween Conventions Part One: Midsummer Scream

Halloween Conventions Part One: Midsummer Scream

July 28
By Beth Accomando

It is a mere 95 days to Halloween. For many, that is no reason to panic, but if you do a home haunt like I do, it means down to the wire for planning and shopping. That’s why Halloween conventions like Midsummer Scream and ScareLA are so important.

Charlize Theron Owns The Action In 'Atomic Blonde'

Charlize Theron Owns The Action In 'Atomic Blonde'

July 27
By Beth Accomando

Charlize Theron proves that she can play as rough as any male action star in the new film “Atomic Blonde.”

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