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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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Filmmaker Mike Leigh Revisits Peterloo Massacre In New Film

April 19
By Beth Accomando

British filmmaker Mike Leigh is best know for his contemporary dramas but he turns to a turbulent 19th century England for his new film “Peterloo.”

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Museum Of Beer Coming To East Village

April 18
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

The Museum of Beer is not yet a reality but it has set its sights on a location in San Diego's East Village. Thursday evening people got a sneak peek of what's to come at the Museum's launch party at Quartyard.

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Third Annual San Diego Film Week Looks To Local Filmmakers

April 10
By Beth Accomando

The third annual San Diego Film Week wraps up on Saturday with its Film Awards and tonight filmmakers John Freeman and Karenssa Le Gear screen their short "Capture."

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Podcast Episode 165: TCM Film Festival 2019

April 11
By Beth Accomando

TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates its 10th year and opens with a 30th anniversary screening of "When Harry Met Sally."

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Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Serves Up Eight Days Of Asian Film

April 10
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts Spring Showcase kicks off its ninth year on April 11 with eight days of Asian cinema.

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Remake Of Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary' Opens

April 5
By Beth Accomando

Earlier this week "The Twilight Zone" got a reboot on CBS All Access and now Stephen King’s "Pet Sematary" gets a remake.

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New 'Twilight Zone' Just One Of Streaming Options

April 4
By Beth Accomando

Streaming television has a lot to offer and three top choices are Jordan Peele's reboot of Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" on CBS All Access, season two of the YouTube original series "Cobra Kai," and the debut of FX's "What we Do In The Shadows."

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Going 'Deep In Shepard Territory'

April 2
By Beth Accomando

The Casual Company presents Sam Shepard’s "Geography of a Horse Dreamer" at Tenth Avenue Arts Center as part of a month-long tribute to the late playwright called Deep in Shepard Territory.

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WonderCon Wraps Up And Comic-Con's Around The Corner

April 1
By Beth Accomando

WonderCon just wrapped up in Anaheim. Some people may not know that the pop culture convention is run by Comic-Con International, which takes place every summer in San Diego.

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Passions Run High In San Diego Opera's 'Carmen'

March 29
By Beth Accomando

Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" looks to a fiery gypsy woman and the men who fall under her spell. San Diego Opera’s production heightens the passions of the story with its fight choreography.

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