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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Walk on the Wild Side

Directed by Germaine McCormack-Kos

Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, World Cinema / France, USA / 2016 / Art, First Filmmaker, Healing, Health, History, Woman Filmmaker / 58 mins / English / Sneak Preview Work In Progress Premiere

Walk on the Wild Side

KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
September 25, 2016 2:30 pm


Work in Progress  Sneak Preview Premiere

Germaine McCormack-Kós, an artist and freelance filmmaker, has lived an amazing life – her first real job was working in the film industry in London, later she became a painter and moved
to Paris. Eight years ago, her life was turned upside down when diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She decided to take a “walk on the wild side” and fight for her life.
     After having met by chance the great French Pioneer of Immunotherapy, Dr. Georges Mathé, who performed the world’s first bone marrow transplant, she discovered he worked with three American Pioneers of cancer research.
     Germaine tracks down these geniuses who developed the first cures against cancer: Dr. Emil Frei, Dr. Emil Freirich, and Dr. James Holland. They relate their astonishing testimonies and eureka moments, such as developing combination chemotherapy, which led to the first life-saving treatments for cancer.
      Interwoven is Germaine’s personal story – two years of determination against all odds to stay alive. With love and support from her dedicated team of doctors, family and friends (her A-Team), and her unbridled optimism, Germaine prevailed.
     She wants to inspire others to follow the protocols, to be unafraid and proactive. Knowledge is power and she wants to share what she has learned in her own battle, and in filming these ‘unsung heroes.’ This poetic upbeat, inspirational film will help everyone understand and cope with cancer.
PROD: Germaine McCormack-Kos, Christopher Wheeldon, George Fenton, Mark Fletcher
ED: Mark Fletcher
MUS: George Fenton
Q&A with Germaine McCormack-Kos and Dr. David Parkinson, Cancer Researcher

Director's Bio

Germaine McCormack-Kós’ love for the arts has propelled her to spend most of her life creating in film, music, art, and children’s opera around the world.
Her film career started way back when London was still swinging, working in script development for Hollywood producer Sam Spiegel at Horizon Pictures, and collaborating with Laslo Benedek (“The Wild One”) on film projects. She then worked for producer Peter Watkins (“The War Game”), and directors Robert Young (“Jane Eyre”), and Ken Annakin (“Battle of the Bulge”). She was the Executive Producer of “Black Water” for Prodigy Movies, and made short documentaries, including “Why This War.”
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE is her début as Director.


Cast: Emil J Freirich, Emil Frei, James Holland
Executive Producers: Kristian Kos, Christopher Wheeldon
Producers: Germaine McCormack-Kos, Kristian Kos, George Fenton, Mark Fletcher
Editing: Mark Fletcher
Music: George Fenton

Dates & Times

Walk on the Wild Side

KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
September 25, 2016 2:30 pm