René Fortunato is, beyond all doubt, one of the most outstanding dominican film makers of recent times.As a producer, he made his debut in July of 1985, with the documentary "In the Footsteps of Palau," and in 1988 achieving national and international fame thanks to the success of his full-length documentary "April, the Trench of Honor".
He has produced and exhibited in many of this country´s movie theaters, with remarkable success among audiences and critics, the following full-length documentaries:
1988 : APRIL : The Trench of Honor.
1991 : TRUJILLO : The Power of the Generalissimo.
1994 : TRUJILLO : The Power of the Generalissimo II.
1996 : TRUJILLO : The Power of the Generalissimo III.
1998 : BALAGUER : The Legacy of the Tyrant.
2003 : BALAGUER: The Violence of Power.
2005: APRIL : The Trench of Honor. -New version-
In recognition of his work, he has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the following:
---Pitirre Prize for the Best Documentary of the Caribbean region, in the II International San Juan Film Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for his documentary "APRIL, The trench of Honor", in October of 1990.
---LASA FILM AWARDS, granted by the United States Association for Latin American Studies-LASA-, in September of 1995, for his documentary "The Power of the Generalissimo II", considering it as one of the best documentaries produced in Latin America.
---Special Recognition, International Book Fair Sto. Dgo. ’99, for his work in rescuing and publishing the historical memory of the Dominican nation.
---Honorable Mention in the First Ibero-American Festival of Independent Documentary Film – "Against the silence of all the voices" – for his documentary "APRIL, The Trench of Honor", held in Mexico City, in June of 2000.
---Award for Profesional Excellence, granted in July of 2000, by the Executive Power of the Dominican Republic, for his contributions to the development of Dominican culture.
---In December of 1991 served as Juror in the XXXIII Bilbao International Festival for Documentary Films and Short Movies, Spain.
---In December of 1992 he served as Juror at the IV International and Caribbean Cinema Festival (San Juan Cinemafest), held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Fortunato studied Social Communication at the University of Santo Domingo-UASD- (1982/1985).
Simultaneouly, he worked for several Santo Domingo television firms and stations in different aspects of television and film production. From 1978 to 1987 he published numerous articles about film and TV in the most important Dominican newspapers and cultural supplements.
During 1987 he wrote the movie review section of the Ultima Hora newspaper.
In July of 1985, he presented the documentary "In the Footsteps of Palau", on the life and works of Francisco Arturo Palau, the first Dominican film maker.
In August of 1987 he debuted the documentary "Frank Almánzar: Images of an artist", and then in 1990 produced the short musical "Caribe" – which received the Audience´s Award at the XVII Visual Arts Biennial.
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