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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

George A. Romero: May The Godfather Of Zombie Films Rest In Peace

George A. Romero: May The Godfather Of Zombie Films Rest In Peace

July 18
By Beth Accomando

The filmmaker died Sunday after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Brings Trilogy To Strong Finish

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Brings Trilogy To Strong Finish

July 14
By Beth Accomando

“War for the Planet of the Apes” (opening July 14) is the third film in the re-booted “Apes” franchise, and it brings Caesar’s saga to a fitting close.

Globe's New 'Robin Hood!' Stages Swordplay In The Round

Globe's New 'Robin Hood!' Stages Swordplay In The Round

July 13
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Errol Flynn defined the swashbuckling heroics of Robin Hood in the 1938 film "The Adventures of Robin Hood." Now the Old Globe takes inspiration from that movie for its newly commissioned play by Ken Ludwig, "Robin Hood!"

Podcast Episode 123: TCM Spotlight On Alfred Hitchcock

Podcast Episode 123: TCM Spotlight On Alfred Hitchcock

July 12
By Beth Accomando

Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, Hitch — however you want to refer to him — is a filmmaker who has left an indelible mark on cinema. His career spanned the silents and talkies, black and white, Technicolor, and 3-D, plus film industries on both side of the pond.

Podcast Episode 122: In Praise Of Edgar Wright

Podcast Episode 122: In Praise Of Edgar Wright

July 9
By Beth Accomando

Edgar Wright has a new film out and that is cause for celebration. I speak with the director about "Baby Driver."

'The Journey' Imagines How Two Political Opponents Overcame Differe...

'The Journey' Imagines How Two Political Opponents Overcame Differences

July 7
By Beth Accomando

For 40 years, Catholics and Protestants were engaged in a bloody civil war in Northern Ireland. But in 2006, political enemies Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness met and emerged with an agreement to end the conflict. “The Journey” imagines how these two men might have overcome their differences.

Sofia Coppola Remake Of 'The Beguiled' Takes Different Viewpoint

Sofia Coppola Remake Of 'The Beguiled' Takes Different Viewpoint

July 4
By Beth Accomando

In 1971 “The Beguiled,” starring Clint Eastwood, was the first R-rated film I ever saw, and it caused a stir in my sixth-grade elementary school class. Now Sofia Coppola remakes “The Beguiled” and turns it into something uniquely her own.

2017 San Diego Fringe Awards

2017 San Diego Fringe Awards

Diversity of awards reflect the eclectic nature of Fringe

July 3
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival closed its fifth year Sunday night with an awards ceremony at the Spreckels Theatre.

Edgar Wright Kicks 'Baby Driver' Into High Gear

Edgar Wright Kicks 'Baby Driver' Into High Gear

June 29
By Beth Accomando

British filmmaker Edgar Wright is probably best known for his comedies “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” But his latest outing is an action packed heist film called “Baby Driver.”

Podcast Episode 121: Shakespeare, The Film's The Thing

Podcast Episode 121: Shakespeare, The Film's The Thing

June 24
By Beth Accomando

San Diego's Old Globe Theatre has an eight decade history of performing Shakespeare on stage. Now its artistic director Barry Edelstein wants to highlight the Bard on film.

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