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 has been a film critic for more than 20 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. Subscribe to her Cinema Junkie Podcast!
Cathy Alberich was born in Mexico City in 1981. She studied Communications in the University of Tijuana. In 2006 she obtained the Mexican National Arts Found Grant to produce her first Horror Sci-Fi short film “Algesia” in partnership with Escandalos Productions. Her work has been selected in Festivals around the world including Film School Confidential, Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego, Alt. Picture Shows, Mórbido Film Festival, The Morelia International Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival and Mercado de las Flores in Spain.
Her fashion and social content short documentaries were also produced by state and national grants in 2008 and 2010. In 2011 she founded and directed the First Horror Film Festival in Tijuana México in collaboration with Mórbido Film Festival and Aaron Soto, produced by the University of Tijuana where she also functioned as Communications, Media and Film Studies coordinator.
In 2012 she was featured in “Obra Negra” a National Culture Council for the Arts catalog publication in Mexico that gathers a group of representative artists of Tijuana Baja California. She has collaborated as a writer for the film sections of Pulso and Nylon Magazines. After living in the Tijuana-San Diego border for 29 years, she now resides in Vancouver Canada where she continues to explore and enjoy the art of filmmaking.
Eric Elick is an American composer based in southern California and has been composing music since 1998 in diverse genres ranging from singer-songwriter, classical, alternative, pop, experimental, new age, jazz, epic, solo piano, electronic, to most recently breaking in to film scoring.
He is known for the award winning independent film, The Tour (2014). Eric has recently completed original scores for the films The Package (2015) and Seize the Night (2015) with other projects set to be announced later this year.
Eric has studied composition and orchestration with New York based film composer/orchestrator, Deniz Hughes.
Eric is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys studying a diverse range of fields in both the sciences and the arts in his spare time.
Kristin Naomi Garcia‘s love for horror & comedy both arrived early on in life, as did her involvement in film & theater. Kristin has been involved in the industry since she was 6 years old. She has been a part of many aspects of theater including: Improv (Improv Olympic-Chicago), Sketch comedy (Gorilla Tango Theater-Chicago), a comedy writer, & is a member of the International Thespian Society. Since arriving in San Diego, Kristin Naomi has been in several staged readings, plays, short films, feature films, The San Diego International Fringe Festival 2015, & The 48hr Film Project. She is also a member, host, & volunteer of The Film Consortium & a proud volunteer of The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.
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Stephen W. Martin is a writer and director who’s sophomore children’s book ‘Charlotte and the Rock’ is forthcoming from Dial Books for Young Readers in 2016 (illustrator Samantha Cotterill Mummysam). His short films, “Dead Friends” (2011) and “Dead Hearts” (2014), have screened at hundreds of festivals internationally (Sitges, Clermont Ferrand, Telluride) and have won over thirty prestigious awards, including Best Overall Short Film at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, The Golden Skull for Best Horror Comedy at Screamfest L.A. and The Audience Choice Award at Toronto After Dark. Dead Hearts is Oscar qualified for 2016 by winning the St. Louis International Film Festival, the first horror film to do so in their history.
Stephen’s debut children’s picture book, Robot Smash!, was released by Owlkids in April 2015 (illustrator: Juan Carlos Solon). He is the co-author of Pop Manga: How to Draw the Coolest, Cutest Characters, Animals, Mascots, and More with renowned manga artist and comics creator Camilla D’Errico (Random House, 2013). Currently he works as a story editor in both film and comic books, including Camilla D’Errico’s Tanpopo series and is based out of Los Angeles.
Kirsten McCallion went to SDSU film school, directed some award winning shorts, like STASH. She has worked on numerous projects in the film industry as a writer, including TCM3D and most recently EXETER. She doesn’t think she should mention that she did a TV movie for Oxygen, but I’m totally mentioning that anyway! She was also born on Halloween Night, which has always been a reason she has felt close to all things horror!
Dallas McLaughlin is a writer and performer for the Emmy-winning Yo! Gabba Gabba! and The Aquabats! Super Show! He’s worked with Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon, FOX Sports, and So Say We All. Dallas recently won the 2015 San Diego’s Funniest Person Contest, and he’ll be hosting a new show on PBS called Film InDiego premiering next year. As a standup Dallas has performed with Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Jeff Garlin, Sklar Brothers and more. His personal brand of comedy can be best described as “burritos”.
Tyler Ham is an accomplished artist with demonstrated business acumen, Tyler has directed successful projects across multiple media including film, animation, 2D/3D product design and digital sculpting. His portfolio of work includes feature length movies, animated shorts, commercials, toys and apparel, collaborating with established brands across his career: Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Universal Monsters, Ghostbusters, PlayStation, Sonic the Hedgehog, Game of Thrones, Bare Essentials, Ford, Verizon and Mobile One among others.
Tyler’s professional background includes stints at leading studios and production houses, PDI / DreamWorks and Industrial Light & Magic (he contributed significantly to their 2007 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on Pirates of the Caribbean 2). He has led multi-disciplinary teams comprised of internal staff and third party vendors for licensing initiatives at SEGA of America and Factory Entertainment, and has been sought out for his expertise on specialized freelance projects.
Tyler’s reputation for efficiency is well deserved; he always finds faster and better ways to achieve superior results that benefit both the client and the entire team. He’s also known for his resourcefulness, positive attitude, laser focus and meticulous eye for detail, believing that research is essential to product integrity. A mentor to his team, he provides clear direction, collaborates extensively and delights internal and external audiences.