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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

Podcast 132: Revisiting David Cronenberg's 'Crash'

Podcast 132: Revisiting David Cronenberg's 'Crash'

Dec. 8
By Beth Accomando

For this podcast, Arts & Culture Reporter Beth Accomando turns to her archives for an interview with David Cronenberg about his 1996 film "Crash," adapted from J.G. Ballard's controversial 1973 novel revolving around people with symphorophilia, in this case, car-crash sexual fetishism.

Guillermo Del Toro Returns To Form With 'The Shape Of Water'

Guillermo Del Toro Returns To Form With 'The Shape Of Water'

Dec. 7
By Beth Accomando

“The Shape of Water” just garnered 14 Broadcast Film Critic nominations, and this weekend you can finally enjoy the film for yourself.

Diversionary Theatre's 'The Moors' Riffs On The Bronte Sisters

Diversionary Theatre's 'The Moors' Riffs On The Bronte Sisters

Nov. 29
By Beth Accomando

Playwright Jen Silverman turns to the Bronte sisters and their brooding 19th century romantic novels as inspiration for her new play "The Moors," which runs through Dec. 10 at Diversionary Theatre.

Podcast Episode 131: A Pair Of Films To Be Thankful For

Podcast Episode 131: A Pair Of Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 23
By Beth Accomando

It's Thanksgiving and I have a pair of films that I am feeling very thankful for right now: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "The Shape of Water." Filmmaker Martin McDonagh talks about writing a film for Frances McDormand and Doug Jones talks about "suit acting" for Guillermo Del Toro.

'Three Billboards' Showcases Actress Frances McDormand

'Three Billboards' Showcases Actress Frances McDormand

Nov. 22
By Beth Accomando

The two and a half minute trailer for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was all anyone needed to see to make them realize that Frances McDormand was going to give a performance that needs to be seen.

Festival Directors Talk About Benefits Of Fringe

Festival Directors Talk About Benefits Of Fringe

Nov. 20
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival just played host to the Canadian and United States Associations of Fringe Festivals, as festival directors from across North America called the worldwide arts movement unique and very important.

‘Justice League’ Is Just Meh

‘Justice League’ Is Just Meh

Nov. 16
By Beth Accomando

The latest DC film, “Justice League,” arrives in theaters this week, and the best I can say is that it’s easier to watch than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Fringe Festival Organizers From Across North America Gather In San ...

Fringe Festival Organizers From Across North America Gather In San Diego

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival is not until next June but Fringe Festival organizers from across North America are currently gathering at the Spreckels Theatre for its annual conference.

San Diego International Fringe Hit 'Josephine' Returns For Encore P...

San Diego International Fringe Hit 'Josephine' Returns For Encore Performance

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

Last year "Josephine" won Outstanding Solo Performance and Best Show at San Diego International Fringe Festival. The one-woman dream cabaret pays tribute to singer-dancer Josephine Baker. Now, "Josephine" returns to where it all began, the Spreckels Theatre for one performance this Friday.

'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

Nov. 10
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

You don’t generally think of opera as ripped from the headlines, but San Diego Opera’s production of "As One" has a distinctly contemporary feel. The latest dētour series production tackles a transgender story through the character of Hannah, who’s portrayed by two singers — a baritone and mezzo soprano.

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