Boost Volunteer Recruitment with a Free Movie Screening of Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat

New documentary takes viewers into the heart of the volunteer fire service

The new feature-length documentary Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat goes behind the lines of America’s volunteer fire service to follow the inspiring journey of volunteer firefighters from across the U.S. 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 hearts and inspire.

The 90-minute film will be released nationally later this summer, but volunteer and combination fire departments can host a local screening now to bolster volunteer recruitment. A screening event can be used to deepen the connection with the community, raise awareness of the work of volunteer firefighters, recruit new members, and even raise funds and support for your department.

Hosting a screening is easy. When you sign up to host a screening, you’ll receive:

  • Movie screening access (free for fire and EMS departments/agencies)
  • Free how-to-host guide
  • Free discussion guide
  • Free social media toolkit and press kit
  • Access to the Odd Hours support team for assistance
  • An unforgettable event with your friends, colleagues, and community

See this Community Screening Guide and fill out this form or go to to register to host a screening. Once you fill out the form, the film team will be in touch to answer your questions and assist you along the way.

About the Film
Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat is a tribute to the 700,000 volunteer firefighters across the U.S. It showcases the diversity of people and places the volunteer fire service reaches, and also the remarkably consistent themes, imagery, and motivations tying their stories together. It answers the question of “why do people choose to do this” while also highlighting the need to preserve and protect one of America’s most critically necessary treasures – its first responder volunteer corps.

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.

Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat filmmaker credits: 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.

This film is presented by John Deere in association with the National Volunteer Fire Council, HoldFast Features, and Vignette.

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