Ryan Steven Green


I’m Ryan Steven Green. I make documentaries. I was 14 when first I put a camera to my eye, and the list of films I’ve amassed since then betrays how unfashionably happy my pre-internet, suburban childhood was—coffee, snails, verbal insults, the so-called “blue flame” phenomenon, modern homesteaders, moustaches, vintage Volkswagens, dwarf basketball. I was born in Glendale, came up in Altadena, graduated from USC (Cinema-Television, emphasis on non-fiction filmmaking)—I’m one of those natives you never seem to meet. I was an invited guest at the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI’s first mass. I got a spanking from Shaquille O’Neal. I “did a J” with Jeff Dowd—the actual Dude—at sunset on a rooftop in Santa Monica. We took a selfie. (This is where I’m supposed to brag about all my awards, client list, press. If you’re into that sort of thing, click here). Do you want to make a documentary or fund mine? Need a video for your business? Let’s chat.


Film festivals present myriad opportunities both for the film screened, as well as its director. This has proven true with three of my documentaries beginning with the 2010 short, Between the Upper Lip and Nasal Passageway, which premiered at Denver’s Festivus Film Festival where it won Best Short Doc. Thanks to the annual “Movember” phenomenon as well as the organization/blog How to Grow a Moustache, the film’s run effectively continues to this day. In 2013, my first feature documentary, Circle the Wagen, sold out its world premiere at the historic Guild Theater in Albuquerque, with a fleet of vintage VW busses (and one custom-built bug limo) lining Route 66 out front. It would win the Dennis Hopper “Guerrilla Award” and is available to watch in its entirety right here on this website (Work > Circle the Wagen). My latest feature documentary chronicles the “smallest professional basketball team in the world,” composed of recognizable-but-typecast dwarf actors in 1980’s Los Angeles. The Hollywood Shorties, received its world premiere at SXSW in March 2016 and went on to win numerous awards at film festivals all over the country including the prestigious Mary Lerner Human Spirit Award at Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. It is is now available on VOD platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, and many more. DVDs are available in my Shop here on this website.


Breakfast Television (11/18/16)

Television interview with Jill Belland on The Hollywood Shorties

NPR’s Only A Game (10/15/16)

Bill Littlefield interviews Ryan & members of the Shorties

VICE Sports (9/15/16)

Daniel Dylan Wray on The Hollywood Shorties

Ain’t It Cool News (3/18/16)

Muldoon reviews The Hollywood Shorties

KTEP: On Film (3/5/16)

Radio Interview with Charles Horak on The Hollywood Shorties

CineMalin (3/12/14)

Interview with Sean Malin on Circle the Wagen

ABQ Journal (6/2/13)

Adrian Gomez on Circle the Wagen