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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

San Diego Opera Stages A Roaring '20s 'La Traviata'

San Diego Opera Stages A Roaring '20s 'La Traviata'

April 21
By Beth Accomando

"La Traviata" is an epic tale of love that is perfectly suited to the scale of opera, and San Diego Opera serves up a Roaring '20s version.

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Kicks Off 7th Year Of Asian Cinema

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Kicks Off 7th Year Of Asian Cinema

April 20
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase kicks off its seventh year Thursday night at Ultrastar Mission Valley (formerly Ultrastar Hazard Center) with the New Zealand documentary "Poi E: The Story Of Our Song."

Podcast Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut And The Sirens Of...

Podcast Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut And The Sirens Of Titan

April 18
By Beth Accomando

Forty years ago, Stuart Gordon adapted Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “The Sirens of Titan” to the stage. Now, Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles is reviving that adaptation and finding it surprisingly topical.

Monsters Invade Cinemas With 'The Void' And 'Colossal'

Monsters Invade Cinemas With 'The Void' And 'Colossal'

April 13
By Beth Accomando

Monster movies never go out of style, but keeping them interesting is the challenge. Two new creature features, “The Void” and “Colossal,” try to inject new blood into the familiar genre.

Podcast Episode 114: TCM Film Festival 2017 Focuses On Comedy

Podcast Episode 114: TCM Film Festival 2017 Focuses On Comedy

April 5
By Beth Accomando

It is that time of year for classic film zealots to make the pilgrimage to the mecca known as the TCM Film Festival, running April 6 through 9 in Los Angeles.

'Ghost In The Shell' Remake Is Visually Stunning But Dumbed Down

'Ghost In The Shell' Remake Is Visually Stunning But Dumbed Down

March 30
By Beth Accomando

The live action remake of the 1995 anime "Ghost in the Shell" stirred initial controversy for casting a white actress in the lead role. But Scarlett Johansson proves to be the least of the film's problems.

Podcast Episode 113: Gourmet Cannibal Films And Stuart Gordon's 'Ta...

Podcast Episode 113: Gourmet Cannibal Films And Stuart Gordon's 'Taste'

March 24
By Beth Accomando

Cannibal films — in which people mindlessly slaughter and eat others or where carnage soaks the screen — are a dime a dozen. But films in which great care is taken with both the filmmaking and the preparation of human flesh for consumption are more rare. And that's what we are going to be talking about on this gourmet cannibal podcast.

'Wilson' Sketches Portrait Of Prickly Character

'Wilson' Sketches Portrait Of Prickly Character

March 24
By Beth Accomando

“Wilson” (opening March 24 in select San Diego theaters) is not the Oscar-winning film about our 28th president. But it is a portrait of a prickly character named Wilson played by Woody Harrelson.

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

March 23
By Beth Accomando

For the third year the Women’s Museum is hosting a film festival and this year it is expanding to a new location.

'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

March 23
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

The Old Globe Theatre's production of "Red Velvet" transports audiences to the world of London's Theatre Royal at the beginning of the 19th century to mark the historic moment when Ira Aldridge became the first African American actor to play Othello on the British stage.

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