Garfield Lane Productions produces historical documentary films and fandom-based DVDs. Working with Bob Wilkins and John Stanley, hosts of the hit TV show Creature Features (1971–1984), led to the company's first documentary, "Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong!" Its success then led to the production of three highly popular San Francisco studies of lost or aging landmarks: Playland at the Beach, Sutro Baths, and the Cliff House. Fandom documentaries have included the history of the 1970s Star Trek conventions, Forrest J. Ackerman's Ackermansions, and the Harry Houdini seances. Two feature-length documentaries highlighting Northern California's Wine Country, "Haunted Sonoma County" and "Haunted Wine Country," were produced and released in 2016 and 2018. Currently, "Up Late with Bob Wilkins" is playing in theaters and out on DVD.
Pre-production of "Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong"
Production of "Haunted Sonoma County"
From San Francisco, CA, Tom Wyrsch grew up in nearby Sonoma County, developing an avid interest in film and filmmaking. As a youngster, he made short 8mm films, but when he watched George Lucas film ”America Graffiti" in the summer of 1972 he developed a deep-rooted desire to make a feature-length motion picture. A close friendship with Bob Wilkins and John Stanley led to his first feature-length documentary in 2008, "Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong!" and was the stepping stone to more projects. Currently Tom is the director of the weekly TV series "Creature Features" produced in the San Francisco Bay Area.