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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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Black Comix Day: Heroes Rise II

Feb. 13
By Beth Accomando

Last year the Malcolm X Library hosted San Diego's first ever Black Comix Day. The event returns this Saturday for the Heroes Rise II edition.

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Podcast Episode 161: Black Comix And 'Scary Black Folks'

Feb. 15
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie celebrates Black History Month by speaking with Keithan Jones, founder of Black Comix Day, about black comics and movies, and professor John Jennings about a new collective called Scary Black Folks.

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Mads Mikkelsen Stars In Two Glacially Titled Films: 'Arctic,' 'Polar'

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

Actor Mads Mikkelsen can be seen in two films with glacially themed titles: “Arctic” (opening this weekend at Landmark) and “Polar” (streaming on Netflix). But the films are worlds apart in terms of style and content.

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Critics Pick Very Different Movies For Valentine's Day

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

It's Valentine's Day and since I have unconventional picks for romantic movies I decided to ask Moviewallas' Yazdi Pithavala for some contrasting suggestions for films to watch on this holiday.

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Right To Die Film Series Presents 'The Leisure Seeker'

Feb. 12
By Beth Accomando

The Hemlock Society of San Diego continues its Right to Die Film Series this Sunday at the Mission Valley Library with "The Leisure Seeker."

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San Diego's Jewish Film Festival Rebrands But Mission Stays The Same

Feb. 7
By Beth Accomando

This year the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival added "International" to its title to emphasize its global perspective. The festival continues through Feb. 17 at multiple venues.

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Robert Rodriguez And James Cameron Team For 'Alita'

Feb. 8
By Beth Accomando

Producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez team up to bring the 1990 Japanese comic "Alita" (opening Feb. 13) to the screen.

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'Velvet Buzzsaw' Leads Streaming Choices

Feb. 5
By Beth Accomando

Last week San Diego filmgoers had so many choices for going out to the cinema that I didn’t have time to highlight some streaming movies that are also available.

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Not All The Drama Is On Stage In San Diego Opera's 'Rigoletto'

Feb. 1
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

San Diego Opera is staging a production of Verdi’s "Rigoletto." But while you might be familiar with the classic tale of love and revenge taking place on stage, you may not know what is going on in the orchestra pit below.

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Podcast Episode 160: Breaking The Commandments With Pre-Code Hollywood

Feb. 1
By Beth Accomando

Films made between 1930 and 1934 have come to be known as pre-Code and display defiance of the self-censorship rules Hollywood laid down for itself. I will talk about the delicious naughtiness and sensational social realism of these films with Danny Reid of Pre-Code.com.

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