Steve Ryfle is an author, journalist, and documentary film producer. He has written about film, books, and culture for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Criterion Current, Cineaste, Virginia Quarterly Review, In These Times, Bright Lights Film Journal, Turner Classic Movies, Zyzzyva, POV, Time Out New York, and other publications.


Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa (Wesleyan University Press, 2017). Co-author, with Ed Godziszewski; with Yuuko Honda-Yun; preface by Martin Scorsese. Available from

Godzilla Vs. The World: The Politics of Japan’s Disaster Monster (University of Texas Press). Forthcoming.

Desegregating Hollywood: How the Civil Rights Movement Changed Film and Television. Forthcoming.

Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of “The Big G” (ECW). Available from

Grants and Awards

Visiting Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, 2019.

Visiting Research Fellow, Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive, 2018. Read the announcement.

Guest Lectures and Talks

Documentary Films

Miracle On 42nd Street (D. Alice Elliott; Welcome Change Productions/Honest Engine Films, 2017). Co-writer, with Joal Ryan.

  • WINNER: Best Documentary Feature, 2020 New York Emmy Awards.
  • NOW STREAMING on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other services.
  • Available on DVD from
  • Broadcast premiere on PBS affiliate WNET-NY on November 28, 2018.
  • Official selection of Franklin International Independent Film Festival; Newport Beach Film Festival; Syracuse International Film Festival; Santa Barbara International Film Festival; DOC NYC documentary festival.
  • View the trailer.

Bringing Godzilla Down to Size (D. Norman England; Sony Wonder/Classic Media/Happy Enterprises, 2008). Co-producer, co-writer, with Ed Godziszewski.

Blu-Ray and DVD Projects

Steve has produced and/or contributed audio commentaries and special features to numerous DVD and Blu-Ray discs. See the list.