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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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Critics Recommend Movies For Halloween Season

Oct. 23
By Beth Accomando, Brooke Ruth

The new “Halloween” movie just set a box office record for the franchise over the weekend. Find out what other films provide tasty treats for the month of October.

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'The Happy Prince' Looks To Oscar Wilde's Final Years

Oct. 19
By Beth Accomando

Actor Rupert Everett makes his feature directing debut with "The Happy Prince," which looks to Oscar Wilde's final years in exile. Everett will be in San Diego on Oct. 20.

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Behind The Scenes Of San Diego Opera's 'The Marriage Of Figaro'

Oct. 19
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is a comic opera with some serious overtones. It has also inspired both revolution and Bugs Bunny.

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New 'Halloween' Lets Michael Myers Escape For One More Killing Spree

Oct. 18
By Beth Accomando

Forty years ago John Carpenter made “Halloween” and helped define the modern slasher film. Now he has produced a sequel that erases all the other films that have come in between.

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'The Rocky Horror Show' Gets Raunchy Production At OB Playhouse

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando

It’s the month of Halloween, so what better time to do “The Rocky Horror Show” live on stage at the OB Playhouse?

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An Old Classic And A Trio Of New Films For This Weekend

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival wraps up this weekend, TCM Big Screen Classics hosts a screening of “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,” and a trio of new Hollywood releases hit theaters.

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Podcast 152: Remembering Your First Scary Movie

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie asks people about the first film they remember scaring them. Listen to memories from horror fans and some famous horror celebrities.

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New 'A Star Is Born' Features Lady Gaga

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

Bradley Cooper has chosen to remake "A Star is Born" for his feature directorial debut.

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Fern Street Circus Tackles Health Care In New Touring Show 'Pre-Existing Condition'

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Fern Street Circus is coming up on three decades of performing and will be launching its 2018 Neighborhood Tour tomorrow. Here's a look back on its past and what fuels its social purpose.

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Opens With Mafia Musical

Oct. 3
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival kicks off its 12th year with a Mafia musical called "Ammore e malavita" ("Love and Bullets") at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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