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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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San Diego Underground Film Festival Strives To 'Deviate From The Norm'

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Underground Film Festival celebrates its fifth year with continued expansion.

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Moxie Theatre Celebrates 15th Season With 'Dance Nation'

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando

Moxie Theatre is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and this weekend it is opening a new play by Clare Barron called “Dance Nation.”

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'The Nightingale' Explores Themes Of Violence And Revenge

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando

Five years ago Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent won acclaim for her first feature “The Babadook.” She now delivers her second film, “The Nightingale.”

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Thumbprint Presents Hitchcock Group Art Show

Aug. 14
By Beth Accomando

Director Alfred Hitchcock is known as the Master of Suspense and his films still inspire artists today, decades after his death. This weekend Thumbprint Gallery presents the Hitchcock Group Art Show at Subterranean Coffee Boutique.

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'All Shook Up' Mixes Elvis And Shakespeare

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Musical Theatre just opened the jukebox musical "All Shook Up" that pays tribute to Elvis Presley.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 176: Radio Silence's 'Ready Or Not'

Aug. 9
By Beth Accomando

Radio Silence’s "Ready or Not" opens in theaters on Aug. 21. But, KPBS reporter Beth Accomando got to speak with the trio of filmmakers and pranksters about their new film.

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Catch The New Wave With Tiki Oasis 19

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Tiki Oasis 19 kicked off last night at the Bali Hai and runs tonight through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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'Scary Stories' Aims For Young Audiences

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell struck delicious terror in the hearts and minds of young readers in the 1980s and 1990s. Now it arrives on the screen under the guidance of Guillermo Del Toro.

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Globe's 'Romeo And Juliet' Is Not Just About Star-Crossed Lovers

Aug. 7
By Beth Accomando

The Globe's artistic director Barry Edelstein has decided to tackle Shakespeare's ever-popular "Romeo and Juliet" for the first time and he has found some new shadings.

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'Hobbs And Shaw' Coasts On Charisma Of Its Stars

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando

"Fast and the Furious" is expanding its movie franchise by presenting a new film spinning off some supporting characters in lead roles. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham star in "Hobbs and Shaw."

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