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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 is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She is 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.

Beth has been a film critic for more than 20 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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Behind The Scenes Of 'Cirquetacular! Cirquetacular!'

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The Circus Collective of San Diego is a group of circus artists who present original shows that blur the lines between traditional circus and contemporary theatre. Last year they did a film noir circus, "Circustantial Evidence," now they serve up “Cirquetacular! Cirquetacular!”

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'Unfriended' Uses Cyberbullying As Catalyst For Teen Revenge Tale

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Fifteen percent of high school students experienced cyberbullying last year. The new film “Unfriended” (opening throughout San Diego on April 17) exploits the real life horror of cyberbullying for a teen revenge tale.

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Pac-Arts Spring Showcase Kicks Off Fifth Season

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Pac-Arts’ fifth annual Spring Showcase kicks off Thursday night with the documentary “In Football We Trust.”

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'Reunion' Screens With Swedish Director Odell In Attendance

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There are not a lot of opportunities to meet foreign film directors here in San Diego, so check out Sunday's screening of the Swedish film “Reunion” at the Mingei International Museum with director Anna Odell in attendance.

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'The White Snake' Conjures Up Some Magic At The Old Globe

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"The White Snake" (continuing through April 26 at the Old Globe Theatre) is an ancient tale about two snake spirits that learn how to transform into beautiful women and live on earth. It provides the perfect foundation for playwright and director Mary Zimmerman, who sees theater as a playground for the imagination.

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Once Is More Than Enough For 'Kill Me Three Times'

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Simon Pegg is riding a wave of success with roles in the film franchises "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible." But the new comedy thriller "Kill Me Three Times" (opening April 10 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) won’t be adding to his popularity.

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Help Bring Death To Life For FX Artist Hiroshi Katagiri

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Crowdfunding is a mixed bag. You may feel inundated with people pitching you with projects that you couldn’t care less about, but on the other hand it’s a blessing for filmmakers working outside the mainstream.

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WonderCon Moves To L.A.

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WonderCon, the sister convention to Comic-Con, closed its 2015 show in Anaheim on Sunday with the news of change for next year.

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San Diego Light Saber Team Offers Jedi Workout

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If you hate going to the gym to burn calories and get your cardio workout, then try a geeky alternative with members of the new San Diego Light Saber Team.

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14 Films In 4 Days: My Experience At TCM Classic Film Festival

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This past weekend I watched 14 feature films and a handful of shorts in less than four days at the TCM Classic Film Festival, and it reminded me why I fell in love with movies in the first place.

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