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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

Davis, Crawford Back On The Silver Screen

Davis, Crawford Back On The Silver Screen

May 19
By Beth Accomando

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" That's right, because Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are back on the big screen at the Balboa Theater.

Find Out What It Takes To Make A Movie In A Single Weekend

Find Out What It Takes To Make A Movie In A Single Weekend

May 18
By Beth Accomando

It’s time for the annual San Diego 48HR Film Project, where teams of filmmakers have a single weekend to make a movie. I embedded myself with a filmmaking team last November for the sister competition Four Points Film Project to see what it’s like to create a movie under a rigid set of rules and time constraints.

High Tech High Media Arts Serves Up Interactive Art Experiences

High Tech High Media Arts Serves Up Interactive Art Experiences

May 16
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla

High Tech Media Arts graduating seniors will be holding an exhibition Tuesday night of interactive art projects connecting their lives to art movements of the past. It’s called Old School Vs. Now.

Podcast Episode 117: The Beauty And Danger Of Nitrate Film

Podcast Episode 117: The Beauty And Danger Of Nitrate Film

May 12
By Beth Accomando

For almost a century nitrate base film was the standard for motion pictures and for good reason. The image looked stunning on the huge screens of movie palaces. But now only a handful of theaters can project the film stock, which has a reputation for spontaneously combusting.

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Lost In Space

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Lost In Space

May 11
By Beth Accomando

“Alien Covenant,” how do I hate thee, let me count the ways …

'Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2' Scores Another Hit

'Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2' Scores Another Hit

May 3
By Beth Accomando

Three years ago James Gunn took one of Marvel’s lesser-known comic book titles, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and turned it into a blockbuster hit. Now those wacky space adventurers are back for “Volume 2” and it looks to be another chartbuster.

Two Plays Born At La Jolla Playhouse Garner Tony Nominations

Two Plays Born At La Jolla Playhouse Garner Tony Nominations

May 2
By Beth Accomando

The Tony award nominations came out Tuesday morning, and La Jolla Playhouse saw two productions that had world premieres on its stages receive recognition.

San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Showcased Young Talent Over ...

San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Showcased Young Talent Over Weekend

May 1
By Beth Accomando

Over the weekend hundreds of students from kindergarten through high school performed scenes from Shakespeare in Balboa Park as part of the San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival.

Podcast Episode 116: 'Casablanca' Still Going Strong At 75

Podcast Episode 116: 'Casablanca' Still Going Strong At 75

April 28
By Beth Accomando

You must remember this … after 75 years, the film “Casablanca” still maintains an iconic place in pop culture. A new book explores the life, legend and afterlife of Hollywood’s most beloved film.

San Diego Black Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year

San Diego Black Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year

April 27
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Black Film Festival officially launches its 15th year Thursday night at the Reading Grossmont Cinemas.

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