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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 is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She is 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.

Beth has been a film critic for more than 20 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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'Mission Impossible' Is A Fun Adrenaline Rush

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Spies are back in style as the "Mission Impossible" and 007 franchises serve up new entries, and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." TV show gets a big screen reboot. The latest "Mission Impossible" film looks a lot like an old James Bond film.

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Checking In On San Diego International Fringe

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San Diego International Fringe has been running for almost a full week and it’s been delivering on its promise of “eyeball busting” entertainment.

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'Pigeon' Film Delivers Deadpan Art House Comedy

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“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” which opened Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema, is the final part of a Swedish trilogy about being human.

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'The Third Man' 4K Digital Restoration Comes To Ken Cinema

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A 4K restoration of "The Third Man" opens Friday at the Ken Cinema and that's cause for celebration. NOTE: run has been extended through Aug. 6.

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San Diego International Fringe Festival Kicks Off Third Year Thursday

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Comic-Con is over but prepare for another kind of sensory overload with the third annual San Diego International Fringe Festival.

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Japanese Monsters, El Santo, And Ephemeral Art

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Wednesday night an art show called Japanese Monster: A Group Art Exhibition opened at Mike Hess Brewing. Twenty-three San Diego artists were displaying their work but one artist was not.

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The Game's Afoot With An Aging 'Mr. Holmes'

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After more than a century, Sherlock Holmes’ popularity continues to rise with a play at the Globe, more of the BBC series in the wings, and now Sir Ian McKellan taking on the role of the great detective for the feature film, “Mr. Holmes” (opening July 17 in select San Diego theaters).

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The Imperfect Perfection Of Comic-Con

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With 600 hours of programming, a quarter mile of exhibit hall and an ever-widening radius of outside activity, Comic-Con is sensory overload and all you can hope to do is taste a tiny sample of the pop culture smorgasbord.

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Lightsabers, Han Solo Dazzle Comic-Con San Diego Fans

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The parties are over, the celebrities have cleared out, and the superheroes have packed up their capes. Another Comic-Con has come to a close.

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Rococo X-Men Prepare For Comic-Con Masquerade

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Comic-Con is in full swing and Thursday night there will be the second annual Her Universe Fashion Show. But the longer tradition for costumers and cosplayers at Comic-Con is the Masquerade on Saturday. One group is preparing to take the X-Men back to the Rococo style of Marie Antoinette by way of Sofia Coppola.

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