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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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Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

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Fabio Frizzi may not be a household name in the U.S., but he has created some of the most memorable scores for Italian horror and Western films. He will be performing in San Diego Thursday night at Brick By Brick.

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Newly Rebranded San Diego International Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

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The San Diego Film Festival is going through some changes this year — both planned and unplanned. Here's a preview of the festival that runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

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'Operation Avalanche' Executes Delicious Cinematic Con Game

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The line between real and fake gets severely blurred in the new film "Operation Avalanche" (opening Sept. 23 at Landmark's Ken Cinema). It’s a mockumentary about a fake lunar landing. But the filmmakers infiltrated NASA to shoot footage for their film.

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Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

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The playhouse strives to showcase female playwrights and plays with dynamic women characters. Its current production "Peerless" offers a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth."

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Jewish Film Fest Hosts San Diego Premiere Of 'For The Love Of Spock'

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The San Diego Jewish Film Festival is hosting the San Diego premiere of the documentary "For the Love of Spock" with screenings on Sept. 21 and 22. Adam Nimoy will be at both screenings to talk about making a film about his famous father Leonard Nimoy.

Podcast Episode 91: Spock, NASA, And A Real Documentary Versus A Fake One

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Sometimes there’s just too much good stuff to cover so this week I am going to talk with a pair of filmmakers from wildly divergent films but what makes them fun to combine into one podcast is that one is a real documentary — "For the Love of Spock" — and one is a fake documentary — "Operation Avalanche."

Podcast Episode 90: Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Wrap-Up And Mexploitation Cinema

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The seventh annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival wrapped this past Sunday. Here are interviews with filmmakers from around the globe who came.

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Restored International Classics Screen At Ken Cinema

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Landmark's Ken Cinema hosts a pair of restored classics this week: Louis Malle’s “Elevator to the Gallows” and Carol Reed’s “The Fallen Idol.”

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Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Kicks Off At MOPA Wednesday Night

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The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival kicks off its seventh year on Wednesday with the California premiere of Sion Sono's "Tag!" at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

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San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Showcases Final Films This Week

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On Aug. 21, San Diego production teams submitted the results from their 48 Hour Film Project competition. Now you can see the finished films.

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