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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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Weekend Preview: December Nights, 'Danny's Story,' Little Fish’s Comic Savvy Holiday Edition

Dec. 6
By Beth Accomando

This weekend, San Diegans can pick from a number of holiday and non-holiday themed events happening around the city from the 42nd annual December Nights at Balboa Park to Little Fish's Comic Savvy!

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'Waves' Uses Bold, Fresh Cinematic Language

Dec. 6
By Beth Accomando

This is the time of year when Hollywood studios serve up their Oscar hopefuls. But a small indie film called "Waves" outshines most of these bigger releases.

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Diversionary Theatre Creates Winter Wonderland For 'Santaland Diaries'

Dec. 4
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The forecast at Diversionary Theatre is for snow through Dec. 22. Find out how the creative team behind "Santaland Diaries" is creating a winter wonderland that goes beyond what's onstage.

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Choreographer Michael Mizerany Turns To Playwriting

Nov. 29
By Beth Accomando

Michael Mizerany is best known in San Diego as a choreographer but now he is staging a new play he has written called "Wally and His Lover Boys" at Diversionary's Black Box Theatre.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 183: Giving Thanks For Cinematic Memories

Nov. 27
By Beth Accomando

My dad died on Aug. 23 of this year and I miss him every day, so for my Thanksgiving Cinema Junkie podcast I am paying tribute to him by giving thanks for the films he introduced me to.

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Disembodied Brains Are Scary Or How Sci-Fi Influences Science

Nov. 22
By Beth Accomando

I wanted to visit a scientist in his lab in order to explore how science and science fiction inspire each other. The person I decided to visit was UCSD professor and neuroscientist Alysson Muotri who uses stem cells to study the brain.

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'Cambodian Rock Band' Revisits A Country's Music And Political Past

Nov. 21
By Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse just opened the play "Cambodian Rock Band" by UC San Diego graduate Lauren Yee. The play serves up a redemptive tale of a father and daughter finding each other amidst decades-old secrets and against the backdrop of Cambodian rock 'n' roll.

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Cinema Junkie Separates The Good From The Bad At Cinemas

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

There are a number of new films besides Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman" in theaters and here's the best and the worst of them.

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Midday Movies: Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

Thanksgiving is around the corner so Midday Movies turned to its film critics to ask what films they are thankful for.

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'The Irishman' Is A Return To Form For Martin Scorsese

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

Netflix is once again setting its sights on an Oscar with the release of Martin Scorsese’s "The Irishman." The film was produced for the streaming service and begins a theatrical release before airing on Netflix. It continues at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and begins streaming on Netflix on Nov. 27.

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