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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

‘Justice League’ Is Just Meh

‘Justice League’ Is Just Meh

Nov. 16
By Beth Accomando

The latest DC film, “Justice League,” arrives in theaters this week, and the best I can say is that it’s easier to watch than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Fringe Festival Organizers From Across North America Gather In San ...

Fringe Festival Organizers From Across North America Gather In San Diego

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival is not until next June but Fringe Festival organizers from across North America are currently gathering at the Spreckels Theatre for its annual conference.

San Diego International Fringe Hit 'Josephine' Returns For Encore P...

San Diego International Fringe Hit 'Josephine' Returns For Encore Performance

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

Last year "Josephine" won Outstanding Solo Performance and Best Show at San Diego International Fringe Festival. The one-woman dream cabaret pays tribute to singer-dancer Josephine Baker. Now, "Josephine" returns to where it all began, the Spreckels Theatre for one performance this Friday.

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday Night At theNAT

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday Night At theNAT

Nov. 9
By Beth Accomando

The 18th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival launches Thursday night with "Oh Lucy" screening at the San Diego Natural History Museum's Kaplan Theater and continues through Nov. 18 at multiple venues.

'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

Nov. 10
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

You don’t generally think of opera as ripped from the headlines, but San Diego Opera’s production of "As One" has a distinctly contemporary feel. The latest dētour series production tackles a transgender story through the character of Hannah, who’s portrayed by two singers — a baritone and mezzo soprano.

Podcast Episode 130: Larry Cohen, King Of The B Movies

Podcast Episode 130: Larry Cohen, King Of The B Movies

Nov. 10
By Beth Accomando

Larry Cohen is a genius because he managed to have the best of both worlds in the entertainment industry. Not many can claim to have enjoyed both a traditionally successful career within the mainstream Hollywood system as well as cult status outside the studio system making audaciously independent films exactly the way he wanted to.

'Thor' Is Not The Only Film Opening This Weekend

'Thor' Is Not The Only Film Opening This Weekend

Nov. 3
By Beth Accomando

Marvel’s "Thor: Ragnarok" may overshadow all other films opening this weekend, but if the lines are too long there are plenty more films to choose from.

Podcast Episode 129: Bruce Campbell, Hail To The Chin Baby

Podcast Episode 129: Bruce Campbell, Hail To The Chin Baby

Oct. 27
By Beth Accomando

"Ash Vs. Evil Dead" season three opener has been postponed to February! So if you want your Bruce Campbell fix in October, check out this podcast and his new book, "Hail to the Chin."

'Tom Of Finland' Paints Portrait Of Gay Artist

'Tom Of Finland' Paints Portrait Of Gay Artist

Oct. 27
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Tom of Finland" (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) looks to the artist whose erotic drawings influenced the fantasies of a generation of gay men.

Bruce Campbell Signing At Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Bruce Campbell Signing At Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Oct. 26
By Beth Accomando

Bruce Campbell, a Comic-Con favorite for his role as Ash in the "Evil Dead" movies and Starz show, was at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Thursday to sign his new book, "Hail to the Chin."

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