Behind the Camera Series

Behind the Camera is an ongoing series featuring a first-run film with  in-person conversations with directors, actors, writers, producers and other members of the filmmaking team.
This series was created to afford our film community the unique opportunity to see behind-the-camera live, as we explore the creative process of bringing script to screen.

The Holdovers (2023)

Each scene is a small gem, the ensemble work is as good as it gets, the screenplay by David Hemingson is smart, funny, and touching. This is one of the best films of the year and the closest thing we've had to a new holiday classic in quite some time.

Behind the Camera presents
Writer and Producer

David Hemingson

The Holdovers represents a new step for David Hemingson, who, after a long and comfortable career in television, has now stepped into an entirely different arena—and found Oscar buzz to boot.  As Hemingson describes this festival hit, the movie is “a love story between these three people who are each broken in their own way.”   TICKETS $30

Showtime: 6:00 pm

December 6, 2023

Hemingson is an established producer and writer, known for Whiskey Cavalier (2019), Kitchen Confidential (2005), Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012) and Just Shoot Me! (1997). He was nominated for a Writers Guild of America (WGA) award for Kitchen Confidential. 


About the film:

The Holdovers

From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, THE HOLDOVERS follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them -- a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) -- and with the school's head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da'Vine Joy Randolph).

About the Director:

Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for the films Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), Nebraska (2013) and Downsizing (2017). Payne is a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director. In 2017, Metacritic ranked Payne  second on its list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century.


"Enhancing its appeal, the Cameo recently launched a cinematic exploration series titled “Behind the Camera” that further elevates the charm of this intimate, velvet-seated movie theater in the heart of the Napa Valley.  From the initial concept to the polished final product, the series offers a window into the craft that transforms compelling narratives into cinematic art."  -

--Tim Carl, Napa Valley Features

EXPLORE past events:

Sofia Coppola


Ruth de Jong
Production Designer

Roman Coppola,

Jennifer Furches
Script Supervisor
Asteroid City

L to R: Cathy Buck, Ruth de Jong and Jay Reed.

The series is moderated by Cathy Buck, Creative Director and owner of the Cameo Cinema. Jay Reed  joins Cathy onstage for the Q&A, and is the Producer and coordinator for the series.

Note: Occasionally, commitments for our BTC guests will change and they will need to cancel their appearance at the Cameo. We will inform the Cameo community as soon as possible about changes and cancellations.