Up Late Storyline:
“Don't stay up late, it's not worth it," Bob Wilkins warned as he leaned back in his yellow rocking chair and smoked his big cigar. But monster movie fans in Northern California stayed up late every Saturday night. From 1966 until 1981 Bob showed grade-Z horror films. "Up Late with Bob Wilkins" is a feature-length documentary film about Bob's shows told by those who watched him faithfully every weekend.
“The horror hosts I grew up with were creepy and kooky, and often anti-establishment, but all alone in California, Bob Wilkins was frighteningly square, and every bit as effective! Kudos to Tom Wyrsch for keeping alive a fascinating and nostalgic piece of west coast Americana, 1970s-style.” - David J. Skal, author of THE MONSTER SHOW.
“Up Late with Bob Wilkins”, the newest piece of “Creature Features” history from Tom Wyrsch, is a time machine that takes us back to the 1970s when Wilkins hosted one of the most popular TV shows in the San Francisco-Bay Area. Fans of that era can once again see funny and serious moments Wilkins enjoyed with some of Hollywood’s leading sci-fi and horror icons in movies and TV. This marks one of Wyrsch’s best documentaries since he premiered “Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong” in 2008. -- John Stanley, author, former Creature Features Host
I knew he was tremendously popular, but until I saw "Up Late with Bob Wilkins" I was unaware of what an innovator Wilkins was. The documentary is packed with entertaining clips of him on air as well as with stories from a number of Hollywood icons he interviewed who clearly adored him. "Up Late" really gives Bob his due as a true original. I found it completely captivating. - Laurie Jacobson, author, Hollywood historian
Garfield Lane Productions produces historical documentary films and fandom-based DVDs. Working with Bob Wilkins and John Stanley, both hosts of the hit TV show "Creature Features," the company's first documentary, "Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong!" was produced in 2007. Its success led to the production of three highly
popular San Francisco studies of loss or aging landmarks: Playland at the Beach, the Sutro Baths, and the Cliff House. Fandom documentaries have included the history of the 1970s Star Trek Conventions, Forrest J. Ackerman's Ackermansion in the Hollywood Hills, and the Harry Houdini Seances.
Two feature-length documentary films
about special historic sites in Wine Country, California "Haunted Sonoma County" and "Haunted Wine Country" were produced and released in 2016 and 2018. In 2019 "Haunted Sonoma County -The Directors Cut" was in local Bay Area theaters. Currently "Up Late with Bob Wilkins" is playing in theaters and out on DVD.
Films produced from 2008 to 2019
Pre-production of "Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong"
Production of "Haunted Sonoma County"
Watch Horror Films, Keep Amercia Strong! premieres at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland CA. Receiving high marks with fans of Creature Features in the Bay Area
Remembering Playland at the Beach
premieres at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco and is an instant hit with a near five month run.
Sutro’s: The Palace at Lands End earns honors as the highest grossing non-studio movie in San Francisco during its release week.
Haunted Wine Country opens at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma, CA with two sold out shows. Continues screening in a number of theaters for a month.
Haunted Sonoma County -The Director's Cut opens at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma CA. Combining elements of both Haunted Sonoma & Haunted Wine Country.
Up Late with Bob Wilkins (In Production) A feature-length documentary film that pays tribute to the television career of Bob Wilkins. Told from a fan perspective.
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.