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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

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Ultimate Dinosaurs Stomp Into theNAT

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Something big is coming to theNAT, it is Ultimate Dinosaurs, but you will not find the dinosaurs you learned about as a kid. Instead, it is a whole new crop of dinos from the Southern Hemisphere that you may not have seen before.

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The 89th Annual Oscars End With More Drama Than A Hollywood Movie

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The 89th Academy Awards concluded last night with a dramatic mix-up that initially awarded the Best Picture Oscar to "La La Land" and moments later took it back to give it to "Moonlight."

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'A United Kingdom' Looks To The True Story Of An African King And His British Bride

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The new film “A United Kingdom” (opening Feb. 24 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas and Arclight La Jolla) turns to a true story about an African king and his British bride. Director Amma Asante talks about the appeal of using history as source material.

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Politics And The Academy Awards

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The 89th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and politics of one sort or another are likely to be on display as are the most diverse group of acting nominees.

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Larger Than Life 'Falstaff' Takes Center Stage At San Diego Opera

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William Shakespeare's character of Sir John Falstaff had a larger than life presence in the "Henry IV" historical plays and in the comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Those plays provide the inspiration for Verdi's opera "Falstaff" that San Diego Opera premieres Feb. 18 at the Civic Theatre.

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Comic Fest Moves To New Location For Fifth Year

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Comic Fest bills itself as the “friendly, intimate Comic-Con experience," and it is back for a fifth year at the new location of Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive.

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Pickwick Players Stage 'To Kill A Mockingbird' In Santee

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Back in August Pickwick Players decided that they would put on “To Kill A Mockingbird” in February during Black History Month. The play proves even more resonant now in light of how polarizing politics have become.

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Celebrating Women In Horror Month With 'The Monster'

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February is Women in Horror Month, and I want to highlight a recent film that might have gotten lost in the shuffle: “The Monster.” It is not directed by a woman, but it features two strong female leads and key women crew.

Podcast Episode 109: Chad Stahelski And 'John Wick 2' Raise The Bar On American Action

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With "John Wick: Chapter 2," stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski proves that he knows what's best for American action films.

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'John Wick: Chapter 2' Raises The Bar On American Action

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In 2014 Keanu Reeves scored a surprise hit with "John Wick." Now he’s back with "John Wick: Chapter 2" (opening throughout San Diego on Feb. 10), a sequel that ups the ante on the action.

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