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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

Intrepid Theatre's 'Father Comes Home From The Wars' Combines Art A...

Intrepid Theatre's 'Father Comes Home From The Wars' Combines Art And Community Outreach

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando

Intrepid Theatre Company is partnering with the San Diego Museum of Man to facilitate school field trips to the museum’s exhibit and a stage show titled, "Race: Are We So Different?"

Podcast Episode 126: Horrible Imaginings And 'Uncharted Regions'

Podcast Episode 126: Horrible Imaginings And 'Uncharted Regions'

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival wrapped up earlier this month, and it was another great year embracing the darkness. Here's a reflection on the event and a look at the radio drama created specifically to debut at the festival.

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Bigger But Not Better Than Its Pre...

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Bigger But Not Better Than Its Predecessor

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a surprise hit in 2014 and now a sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," arrives to see if it can repeat that success.

'Benny And Joon' Has World Premiere At The Globe

'Benny And Joon' Has World Premiere At The Globe

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

The 1993 film "Benny and Joon" provides the inspiration for the world premiere musical that just opened at The Old Globe.

'Mother!' Delivers Provocative Allegory On Creative Process

'Mother!' Delivers Provocative Allegory On Creative Process

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando

The fact that some critics are calling Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" "shocking" and "terrifying" says more about mainstream critics and the timid state of American filmmaking than about Aronofsky's film. If you see only American Hollywood movies then "Mother!" may prove a shocking experience. But if your viewing experience is far broader than that then the film can be appreciated for its thoughtful and provocative artistry.

'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"Wild Goose Dreams" had its world premiere earlier this month at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. The play looks to a pair of displaced people looking to make connections.

Classics Return To Ken Cinema

Classics Return To Ken Cinema

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of cinema classics.

Podcast Episode 125: To Be, Or Not To Be 'Hamlet'

Podcast Episode 125: To Be, Or Not To Be 'Hamlet'

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando

The Old Globe has a bold new production of “Hamlet” on stage now. It is directed by Barry Edelstein and it made me see the play with new eyes. This podcast is dedicated to Shakespeare’s great play and to understanding it better through film and an interview with Edelstein.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Embraces The Darkness For 8th Year

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Embraces The Darkness For 8th Year

Sept. 7
By Beth Accomando

Every year I pursue my passion for horror by volunteering to work at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. Here’s a preview of the festival that runs Friday through Sunday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Sept. 1
By Beth Accomando

Women filmmakers face plenty of obstacles trying to break into the mainstream industry. But if you are a female experimental filmmaker you face even more. Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival, showing Saturday at Digital Gym Cinema, tries to carve out a space for those filmmakers.

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