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Okawville FFA to host firefighters documentary


The Okawville FFA Chapter will host a screening of “Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat” in the OJSHS Cafetorium on Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. You can learn more and interact in the discussion about the event on the Okawville FFA Facebook page.

“Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat” is inspired by an original story by Peter Yoakum and takes audiences behind the lines of America’s volunteer fire service community. The film is truly a tribute to the nearly 700,000 volunteer firefighters around the country — highlighting their selfless bravery, compassion, motivation, and unfaltering sense of community. The film is presented by John Deere in association with the National Volunteer Fire Council, Hold Fast Features, and Vignette.

This extraordinary film has screened as part of a coveted private screening series including the John Deere Headquarters Screening & Panel event honoring regional fire departments and the National Volunteer Fire Council Board of Directors Screening, with the upcoming Elevate from Brand Storytelling in Sundance, Utah, and the NVFC Training Summit. The Okawville FFA has already shown the movie to members of the Addieville Community Fire Department and Okawville Community Fire Protection District.

The 90-minute film grants audiences exclusive access to follow the inspiring journey of the most remarkable neighbors whose help you hope you never need — volunteer firefighters — as they encounter heart-breaking challenges and exhilarating triumphs to fulfill a single mission: serving their community. Heart-warming, humorous, and thrilling, this sweeping portrait of bravery will capture your heart and inspire you.

“It’s a film that revives a sense of togetherness and community in the hearts of viewers,” says Sub-Genre’s head of distribution Jordana Meade. “We’re thrilled to release Odd Hours, a documentary that shines a light on the diversity of communities across the country helping their neighbors in the most unexpected and extraordinary ways.”

The “Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat” filmmaking team is led by Co-Director, DP & Producer Gary Matoso, Co-Director & Editor Cameron Zohoori, Executive Producer Peter Yoakum, Casting Director & Associate Producer Louise Colette Matoso, and Composer Dillon Byron.

“The project quickly grew into a challenge: how to preserve and protect one of America’s most critically necessary treasures, its first responder volunteer corps,” says executive producer Peter Yoakum. “This is a film created as a tribute to the nearly 700,000 volunteer firefighters around the country,” explains co-director Cameron Zohoori. “In exploring the world of the fire service, we became fascinated by the incredible diversity of people and places we encountered. At a fragile and fractured point in American history, the film is entertaining, hopeful, and optimistic.

It suggests that when it comes to the most desperate and important moments of our lives, we will drop everything and come together to help our neighbors.”

To follow the film and its journey: www.oddhoursfilm.com

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