We are pleased to announce that VCUarts Kinetic Imaging alumnus Andrew Volpe (BFA ’09) won the Northern Virginia Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival for co-writing with his father Michael, “The Free Agent Fan,” a true story about Michael’s quest to find a new favorite MLB team to support.
When the senior Volpe’s favorite baseball team suddenly traded his favorite player, he declared himself a “Free Agent Fan” and went shopping for a new team. He visited with the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Durham Bulls and other teams. His actions were featured in People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, the New York Times and USA TODAY, and on NPR, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the CBS Morning News, BBC, CNN, and Fox News. The script by the father and son first time writing team depicts how Michael Volpe was considered the “voice of baseball fans” by some quarters in the baseball world and a “publicity hog” by others.
In 2017, Filmmaker Andrew M. Volpe produced an entertaining 20-minute home video, also called The Free Agent Fan, about his father’s baseball odyssey which can be viewed at Crooked Foxes Productions, Volpe’s production company website. The video contains a narration of how the Free Agent Fan phenomena occurred, interspersed with videos of major media interviews, print articles and original animation learned by the younger Volpe in VCU’s Kinetic Imaging Program. His video has won a handful of film festival awards, including Best Documentary and Audience Choice.
Besides his company, Volpe also works as a video producer and editor for a Virginia-based developer and marketer of expertly produced video and audio courses provided by professors and experts. Michael Volpe retired from the Federal government in 2014.
Published on April 16, 2019