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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

Holy Nostalgia! Batman '66 Exhibit Brings Back Great Memo...

Holy Nostalgia! Batman '66 Exhibit Brings Back Great Memories

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando

In 1966 ABC launched the "Batman" TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the Caped Crusaders. Although it was canceled after three seasons, the show has remained a fan favorite.

'Phantom Thread' Weaves A Unique Love Story

'Phantom Thread' Weaves A Unique Love Story

Jan. 18
By Beth Accomando

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis claims that once again he plans to retire from acting. If that’s true then “Phantom Thread” is a beautiful film to end a career on.

Spielberg's 'The Post' Tells The Story Of The Pentagon Pa...

Spielberg's 'The Post' Tells The Story Of The Pentagon Papers

Jan. 15
By Beth Accomando

“The Post” opened this weekend in San Diego. The new Steven Spielberg film looks to the story of Katherine Graham, the first female newspaper publisher, and the Washington Post as it attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers. Actor Bob Odenkirk talks about playing Ben Bagdikian, a reporter who was key in breaking the story.

Podcast Episode 134: TCM's Eddie Muller On All Things Noir

Podcast Episode 134: TCM's Eddie Muller On All Things Noir

Jan. 13
By Beth Accomando

Noirchaelogist, Czar of noir, host of TCM's Noir Alley, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation... whatever title you want to refer to him by, Eddie Muller is simply the man to go to when you want to know anything about film noir.

Vantage Theater Stages World Premiere Of 'The Color Of Li...

Vantage Theater Stages World Premiere Of 'The Color Of Light'

Jan. 11
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Vantage Theater is committed to producing new works that have something to say. Its latest production is a world premiere called "The Color of Light" about artist Henri Matisse.

A Pair Of Documentaries Are Worth Checking Out This Weekend

A Pair Of Documentaries Are Worth Checking Out This Weekend

Jan. 5
By Beth Accomando

Two very different but wonderfully compelling and entertaining documentaries are available to watch this weekend.

Stay Strange Presents Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festi...

Stay Strange Presents Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival On Sunday

Jan. 5
By Beth Accomando

Start the New Year with something challenging. Check out Stay Strange's first event of 2018, Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at Helmuth Projects.

'Molly's Game' Deals A Winning Hand

'Molly's Game' Deals A Winning Hand

Dec. 29, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Aaron Sorkin created TV’s "West Wing" and "The Newsroom," and won an Oscar for his script for "The Social Network." Now he makes his feature film directing debut with "Molly’s Game."

Little Fish Holds Comic Savvy On Friday

Little Fish Holds Comic Savvy On Friday

Dec. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Little Fish Comic Book Studio on El Cajon Boulevard likes to think of itself as an ambassador for comic books. You can find out what that means on Friday when the studio holds a Comic Savvy.

Top Ten Films Of 2017

Top Ten Films Of 2017

Dec. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The year is coming to a close and award nominations are rolling in. Some films like "Dunkirk," "The Post" and "Call Me By Your Name" are already looking like clear contenders for an Oscar nod. KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando has her own choices for the best of 2017.

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