This is a really fine movie, and now free, thanks to Steve Mobia.
Behind the Bellows: A Documentary about the Accordion (2009), produced by Steve Mobia (SFAC member & Bay Area film maker) posted to Vimeo on January 1, 2020.
This 101-minute film which was completed in 2009 is creative, a public service and a gift to the accordion community. There are many familiar and some of America’s premier accordionists who were interviewed or had a cameo role including: Steve Albini, Carmen Carrozza, Art Van Damme, Faithe Deffner, Peter DiBono, Henry Doktorski III, Skyler Fell, Big Lou, Anthony Galla-Rini, Helmi Harrington, Steffan Hussong, Jeremy Jeans, John William Vincent Law, Frank Marocco, The Great Morgani [Frank Lima], Salane Schultz, Aaron “Duckmandu” Seeman, Kimric Smythe, Gordon Piatanesi, Tom Torriglia, Stas Venglevski, and many more.
Seven years in the making, I value this film because some of the accordion greats have passed on and I did not have a chance to meet or hear them speak. From the origins of the Chinese Sheng (‘free reed” mouth organ), to the electronic accordions with many squeezebox types in between, the film includes a brief discussion and demonstration of the concertina, bandoneon, chromatic, switches on the piano accordion, Stradella system, free bass, diatonic, cajun, midi, and organ attachment, Concerto and Roland accordions. A brief tour of Helmi Harrington’s A World of Accordions Museum in Superior, WI is included. Plus there is the only video recorded of Guido Deiro performing.
Here are Steve’s words about creating the film:
“Behind the Bellows: A Documentary About the Accordion” is available to view for free at: https://vimeo.com/382265821. (by Pamela Tom, San Francisco Accordion Club Newsletter January 2020)
I've taught piano accordion for many years. I've been playing nonstop since I was nine. As a veteran alternative school teacher and teacher of different learners, I teach all ages. I especially love to work with adults who are trying to remember how to be beginners. My lessons are seriously individualized. In my home in North Oakland.