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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

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'The Big Gundown' Kicks Off Spaghetti Western Film Series

May 23
By Beth Accomando

This Thursday, I get to co-present a spaghetti western film series entitled “They Call Me Sergio,” with Film Geeks SD and the San Diego Italian Film Festival. The first film is “The Big Gundown.”

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'Deadpool 2' Aims Low And Hits A Bullseye

May 17
By Beth Accomando

With "Infinity War" still in theaters, "Deadpool 2" opening this week and "Han Solo" opening next week, pop culture geeks have a lot to choose from and argue over at the movies these days.

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San Diego Symphony Screens Silent Classic 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc'

May 17
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The San Diego Symphony will present Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent classic "The Passion of Joan of Arc" this Saturday as part of its Fox Theatre Film Series. The music collective Luscious Noise will perform live as the film plays at Copley Hall.

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Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre Artist In Residency Ends This Month At Airport

May 11
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla, Matthew Bowler

In December 2017, Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre was awarded an Artist in Residency at the San Diego International Airport. Here's a look at the work they have done.

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'RBG' Offers Profile Of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

May 11
By Beth Accomando

Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the subject of the new documentary "RBG" that opens Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla and Angelika Film Center.

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Podcast Episode 142: TCM 50 Must-See Sci-Fi Films

May 11
By Beth Accomando

Author Sloan De Forest talks about the challenges and agonies of compiling a list of films for her new book, "TCM Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies That Are Out Of This World."

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'Wildling' Gives Female Twist To Werewolf Tale

May 4
By Beth Accomando

Like vampires and zombies, werewolves never seem to go out of style. "Wildling" is the latest film to tackle lycanthropy.

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Podcast Episode 141: TCMFF And Reel Science 2.0

May 4
By Beth Accomando

My apologies for getting this podcast out a week late, but I had the TCM Classic Film Festival and Reel Science 2.0 to cover!

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Science Fact, Fiction Collide In Reel Science Film Series

May 3
By Beth Accomando

For the second year, the San Diego Natural History Museum is presenting Reel Science, a film series where actual scientists address the science in movies.

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San Diego Symphony Welcomes New Music Director

May 1
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Symphony kicks off a new era as it welcomes its new music director Rafael Payare.

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