Bob Sarles and Ravin' Films Produce Short Rock
Films for Museum Exhibits
Top to bottom: poster for "Soulsville";
poster for "Feed Your Head"; Staples Singers
Ravin' Films is headed by filmmaker and Primetime
Emmy-nominated film editor Bob Sarles, whose work as a producer
and director has been seen on PBS, Showtime, HBO, VH1, MTV and
TechTV. Ravin' Films has also created promotional films for clients
including Industrial Light & Magic and Columbia Records.
When we first met Bob, he had just completed
an VH1 episode of "Behind The Music" on Jefferson Airplane.
Bobs love of the the Dead, Airplane, and all things psychedelic
have always been a driving force in his work, and now he is clearly
reaping the benfits of his dual love for film and music.
Most recently Bob has established himself as
a specialist in editing historically significant found footage
of classic musical performances for museum installations. The
first such project was a 20-minute independent film entitled,
"Feed Your Head", which was an overview of sixties psychedelic
rock which was made for Paul Allens Experience Music Project
in Seattle. Other films created by Bob Sarles and Ravin' Films
are on permanent display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
More recently, Ravin' Films was the principal
production company chosen to create the exhibit films for the
new STAX Museum of American Soul Music. Bob Sarles has directed
eight films for this project including portraits of Otis Redding,
Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & The MGs, and a documentary about
the roots of American soul music and the history of STAX records
entitled 'SOULSVILLE.' The local screenings of these short films
in San Francisco was somewhat of a sensation.
Bobs resume includes:
As Producer, Director & Editor:
Television, Documentary, and Museum Exhibit
"Blue Country Heart" Director, Editor. Documentary
short promotional film. Sony Music Entertainment.
Soulsville USA. Principle filmmaker. Eight
films produced for the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in
Memphis, Tennessee. [Currently in production.]
"Prohibition Has Done Me Wrong" Director,
Editor. Music video for Jorma Kaukonen, Sony Music.
"Live! At The Fillmore: Coldplay" Producer,
Editor. Television documentary produced by SFX/BGP.
"Behind The Music: Jefferson Airplane" Producer,
Editor. Television documentary produced for VH1.
"Feed Your Head" Director, Editor. Documentary
film. Produced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"This Is Industrial Light & Magic" Director,
Editor. Produced for Lucas Digital, Ltd.
Experience Music Project exhibit films. "Sonic
Guitars," "Janis Joplin: From Roots to Rock," "Eric Clapton:
The Early Years" Producer, Director, Editor. Produced for the
Experience Music Project.
RockHall induction films. "Crosby Stills &
Nash." "Buffalo Springfield," "Janis Joplin," "Pete Seeger,"
"Jefferson Airplane" and others. Producer, Editor. Produced
for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
RockHall exhibit films. "Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame: The First Decade," "The British Invasion," "The LA
Music Scene" Producer, Director, Editor. Produced for the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame. RockHall traveling exhibit film. Director,
Editor. Produced by Tenth Planet Productions.
If You Love These Blues, Play Em As
You Please Producer, Director. Ravin Films.
"Fantastic" Director, Editor. Documentary
film aired on Showtime. Ravin Films.
Audiofile. Segment Producer, Editor. Television
series produced for TechTV.
Experience Music Project Grand Opening Concert.
Segment Producer, Editor. Produced for VH1.
The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame. Segment Producer, Editor. Produced for HBO.
Television and Documentary Films
"Moon Shot" Documentary series produced for
TBS. Peabody Award recipient for Outstanding Achievement in
Broadcast and Cable. Nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for
Editing, and Outstanding Informational Special.
"The Mole" ABC television series. Stone/Stanley
"Making The Band" ABC television series.
"Teens Get Real" Documentary special produced
for the WB Network. Luna Productions.
"The Story of Fathers & Sons" ABC television
documentary special. Luna Productions.
"The Real World" MTV television series. Bunim/Murray
"Road Rules" MTV television series.
"Digital Divide" Series Editor. Documentary
series produced for PBS.
"Take Joy! The Magical World of Tasha Tudor"
Documentary film. Aired on PBS.
"Behind The Music: Blondie" Television documentary
produced for VH1.
"Bug Juice" Television series produced for
The Disney Channel.
"Teen People's 21 Stars Under 21" ABC
television special. Dakota Films.
"Victorias Secret Dreams and Fantasies"
Produced for Showtime by Propaganda Films.
"A Course of Action: Technology in the Classroom"
Documentary film directed by Bill Jersey.
"The Johnny Otis Show at Monterey" Concert
documentary. Bluelight Productions.
"Roy Orbison: King of Hearts" Promotional
documentary produced for Virgin Records.
"Sesame Street" Segment editor. Children's
"Oceanquest" NBC television mini-series produced
by the Guber/Peters Company.
"The Soul Stirrers By and By" Documentary
film directed by Bruce Conner. BC Productions.
"MTVs Star Wars Private Screening" Television
special produced for MTV.
"Kiss of Death" Dramatic short starring Faye
Dunaway and Robert Wagner. Schiffer Films.
"Real Sex" Editorial Consultant. Produced
for HBO by David Collier Productions.
"Work In Progress" Editorial Consultant. Computer
animated film produced by ILM.
"Kerouac" Additional Editor Documentary film
aired on PBS. Directed by John Antonelli.
Green Day: "Longview" Directed by Mark Kohr.
Warner Bros. Records
Nominated for three MTV Awards: Best Group
Video, Best Alternative Video, Best New Artist Video.
ZZ Top: "Legs" Directed by Tim Newman. Warner
Bros. Records. MTV Award: Best Group Video. Nominated for Best
Editing awards by MTV, Billboard Magazine, and the American
Editor Clio and Mobius Award winning television
commercials for Nike, Miller Beer, Reebok, Dodge, Toyota, Chevrolet,
Sega, Intel, and the NFL/United Way Campaign. Agencies include
Wieden & Kennedy, BBDO, Leo Burnett, Bozell, and Chiat/Day.
Directors include James Cameron, and Barry Sonnenfeld.
Corporate and Industrial Films
Editor Clients include Levis, Yamaha
Motorcycles, Ramada Hotels, Whammo, AT&T, and others.
"The Video Dead" Film Editor. Interstate Five
Productions/Embassy Home Entertainment.
"Journey to the Center of the Earth" Associate
Film Editor. Cannon Films.
"The Chilling" Additional Editor. Transbay
"Best Shots" Film Editor. Sand Hill Cinema.
"The Money Tree" Supervising Sound Editor.
Black Sheep Films.
"Romero" Sound Editor. Directed by
John Duigan. Paulist Pictures. Skywalker Sound.
"Breakin" Sound Editor. Cannon Films.
"The Secret Garden" Additional Sound Editor.
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. American Zoetrope.
Assistant Film Editing
"Henry and June" Assistant Editor. Directed
by Philip Kaufman. Universal Pictures.
"My Blue Heaven" Assistant Editor. Directed
by Herbert Ross. Warner Bros. Pictures.
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" Assistant Editor.
Directed by Frank Oz. Orion Pictures.
"The Right Stuff" Apprentice Editor. Directed
by Philip Kaufman. Warner Bros. Pictures.