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.
Working with his friend Richard Tuck, helping Tuck design his Playland-Not-at-the-Beach museum in El Cerrito, CA, Wyrsch produced his second feature documentary in 2010, "Remembering Playland at the Beach." Both the film and the museum were dedicated to the fondly remembered San Francisco amusement park that closed operations in 1972. The success of these first two productions has led to nearly a decade of producing and directing documentary films and historical DVDs.
Sutro’s: The Palace at Lands End sets a weekend attendance record for a documentary film at the Balboa Theatre and earns honors as the highest grossing non-studio movie in San Francisco during that week.
Haunted Sonoma County opens at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma,CA with two sold out shows. It continued showing at numerous theaters in the county by years end.
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. It becomes one of the highest attended films ever to play at the Balboa with a near 5 1/2 month run.