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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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Animated 'Spider-Man' Leads Weekend Releases

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando

Holiday gifts come early at the movie theaters. Unwrap a few of the treats you can find this weekend at cinemas.

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Only At Digital Gym Cinema: 'Roma' And 'Snowflake'

Dec. 13
By Beth Accomando

Digital Gym Cinema will be the only place in San Diego to see Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" — which just garnered an armload of awards nominations — and the crazy German import "Snowflake."

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'The Favourite' Nabs Five Golden Globe Nominations And Opens In San Diego

Dec. 7
By Beth Accomando

"The Favourite" just nabbed five Golden Globe nominations and now the film opens in San Diego. It is the latest from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.

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Podcast Episode 156: Revisiting 'Christmas Smackdown'

Dec. 7
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie is taking a holiday break and will be re-posting popular podcasts in the interim. This week I pull up an archive show appropriate for the Christmas season but with some perverse holiday cheer and that means revisiting "Christmas Smackdown" with Mark Nutter and Cynthia Carle. Proceed with caution.

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San Diego Opera's 'All Is Calm' Looks To Christmas Truce Of 1914

Dec. 6
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

In 1914, in the midst of a violent war, British, French and German soldiers engaged in an unofficial ceasefire to celebrate Christmas. San Diego Opera’s production of "All Is Calm" looks to the role song may have played in creating this moment of peace.

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Diamond Dogs Teases Audiences With Male Burlesque

Nov. 30
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Earlier this week Diamond Dogs held its first ever audition to find new performers for its male burlesque show. Find out what it takes to tease an audience.

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'Mandy' Delivers A Small Dose Of Cage Rage

Nov. 29
By Beth Accomando

Actor Nicolas Cage is known for over-the-top performances in films such as “Wild at Heart” and “Raising Arizona.” His latest film “Mandy” comes to San Diego for a midnight show at the Ken Cinema this weekend. But does it live up to its hype?

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Podcast 155: Stunt Driver Picks Best Car Movies

Nov. 27
By Beth Accomando

Stunt driver Steve Lepper picks his favorite car movies as well as the best car chases ever put on film.

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Director's Cut Of Lars Von Trier's 'House That Jack Built' Screens One Night Only

Nov. 26
By Beth Accomando

IFC Films is holding a special one-night screening of the unrated director’s cut of Lars von Trier’s controversial "The House That Jack Built" on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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'Creed II' Respectably Goes The Distance

Nov. 21
By Beth Accomando

Three years ago, Ryan Coogler reinvigorated the Rocky franchise with "Creed." Now he hands over the sequel to another young African American director for "Creed 2."

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