Bob Sarles

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. Bob’s 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 Allen’s 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 Cleveland, Ohio.

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.

Bob’s resume includes:

As Producer, Director & Editor:

Television, Documentary, and Museum Exhibit Films

"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.

As Editor:

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 Entertainment.

"Making The Band" ABC television series. Bunim/Murray Productions

"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 Productions.

"Road Rules" MTV television series. Bunim/Murray Productions.

"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.

"Victoria’s 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 Television Workshop.

"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.

"MTV’s 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.

Music Videos

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 Video Awards.


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 Levi’s, Yamaha Motorcycles, Ramada Hotels, Whammo, AT&T, and others.

Feature Films

"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 Pictures.

"Best Shots" Film Editor. Sand Hill Cinema.

Sound Editing

"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.