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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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Podcast 149: Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

Aug. 20 will mark the 128th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft’s birth. But how did this man who was born in Providence Rhode Island come to create a body of horror fiction that continues to influence the public consciousness and other artists? Explore that question with the latest podcast.

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Avoid 'Mile 22,' Seek Out 'Summer of 84'

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

This weekend choose the well-crafted indie film 'Summer of 84' (playing at Digital Gym Cinema) over the big budget Mark Wahlberg thriller "Mile 22."

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Old Globe Mounts Sparkling Production Of 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando

William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," now in performance at the Old Globe Theatre, gives us Benedick and Beatrice, a pair of witty, reluctant lovers who set the tone for screwball comedies and romantic comedies where the lovers just can't seem to realize they are perfect for each other.

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'BlacKkKlansman' Tops This Week's Movie Picks

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

It’s a wild weekend at the movies with a new Spike Lee film, a radically fun reimagining of Shakespeare, and Jason Statham facing off against a giant, prehistoric shark.

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Tiki Oasis 18 Sets South Seas Cinema As Its Theme

Aug. 7
By Beth Accomando

Tiki Oasis 18 has chosen South Seas Cinema as its theme and will host a number of symposiums on the topic during its five-day event that kicks off Wednesday.

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'The Other Side Of Everything' Offers Insight Into Modern Serbia

Aug. 3
By Beth Accomando

The new documentary “The Other Side of Everything” uses family history to shed light on recent events in Serbia.

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Podcast Episode 148: Remembering Tab Hunter

Aug. 3
By Beth Accomando

Last month actor and golden boy Tab Hunter died of cardiac arrest at the age of 86. I got to interview him in 2015. Here's a podcast dedicated to him.

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San Diego Noir At La Jolla Athenaeum

July 31
By Beth Accomando and D.A. Kolodenko

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and Noir Book of the Month Club blogger D.A. Kolodenko present San Diego Noir at the La Jolla Athenaeum on Thursdays in August. Here’s a preview.

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Classic Noir And A New 'Mission Impossible' This Weekend

July 27
By Beth Accomando

This weekend you can find something old and something new at the movies to escape the summer heat.

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Podcast Episode 147: Comic-Con Fans And Creators

July 20
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con, my home away from home, is this week and I wanted to provide a little insight into why it gives me such joy.

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