After a decade under her leadersbip, Cathy Buck has firmly established the Cameo Cinema as a key player in the Napa Valley arts ecosystem. With funding from the non-profit Friends of the Cameo (FOC), the theater now serves as a center for foreign, independent, and arthouse cinema, as well as a host venue for film festivals and community events. Your support of the FOC allows us to continue to showcase programs that will enrich our community for years to come.

Your Friends of the Cameo donation creates these engaging series:

Arthouse and
Independant Films:

We are dedicated to not only preserving film culture, but enabling it to grow into something greater than before.  You can enjoy new and old films, silent films, cult classics, documentaries,  films you have never heard of.  We try to find the movies that fall between the cracks, as well as cinema fan favorites from rising stars to Indie legends.

Film Class with
Ian McIver

Film Class was created to provide a forum for nurturing a deeper understanding of film culture and to keep the tradition of the film-going experience alive here in the Napa Valley.  This series was created by Ian McIver,  who moderates each class.  David Garden hosts the summer sessions.  Tuesdays at 1:00 pm  Tickets $10 at the door.

Movies to Dine For
and CinemaBites

Who doesn't love dinner and a movie?  Movies to Dine For adds a community dinner to a favorite film, with bites that mirror the film's setting and atmosphere.  For CinemaBites we create four events that feature handcrafted 'bites' from noted Napa Valley Chefs.  Add films that explore the world of food and wine and legendary Napa Valley wines to compliment your meal. Proceeds benefit the St. Helena Farmers' Market and the Cameo's educational programs
"My children were in love their Mars rovers.  They added chains, beads, and other elements to see how their machines balanced and moved under the weight.  Great fun and very engaging for the kids."  Vanessa Van Hessert, St. Helena

Cinema Science

Cue the robots, pack your suitcase for Mars, summon some extra-terrestials, insert that social commentary and roll film!  Friends of the Cameo, in partner-ship with the City of St. Helena, creates interactive STEAM workshops for kids designed to help them connect what they see at Science on Screen programs with real science.   Our partners-in-science include the Charles M. Shultz Museum, the Chabot Space and Science Center, San Francisco's Exit Reality, Napa Valley College STEM scholars, and local artist, David Garden.

Science on Screen®

We just completed our third year as a Grant participant in the Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen® series, which was designed in partnership with the Alfred P Sloan Foundation to enhance film and scientific literacy. Throughout the academic year, our Grant allows us to work with to creatively pair screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances. 

Family Film Festival of the Napa Valley

Launched in 2010, the Family Film Festival of the Napa Valley brings to film fans of all ages an opportunity to view a wide range of films - from family-friendly live-action and animated feature films to documentaries and student produced short films at our 'Red Carpet' event. With the support of the Trinchero Family Vineyards and Friends of the Cameo,  Cathy created her 10th family-friendly Memorial Day weekend for  exploring  ideas, themes, storytelling techniques, and much more.  

Friends of the Came is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, tax id #46-1415228. 
Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.