By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 24, 2011 at 2:36AM
In case you were away from your computer this weekend, indieWIRE has compiled 12 of the top stories published this week on iW and the blog network. Among the highlights: tips from the Film Independent Forum, a review of Jim Loach's directorial debut, a dispatch from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and more.
Weekend Box Office: "Paranormal Activity 3" Scares Off "Three Musketeers," Breaks Horror Record
Horror prequel "Paranormal Activity 3" easily frightened off all comers on this World Series weekend with a mighty $54 million take.
The 5 Smartest Financing Tips From the Film Independent Forum
Billed as an intimate weekend of unbridled truths and inspirational success stories, the Film Independent Forum dangled film financing insights as the primary hook to attract aspiring producers to four panels on October 22 at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood.
“Going Stiff” Gets Lucky in Austin
The Austin Film Festival handed out awards this weekend, with Keith Wright’s “Harold’s Going Stiff” winning the Narrative Feature, while “Darwin” by Nick Brandestini received the Documentary Feature prize.
Todd Rohal On Burying His First Movie, Overcoming Failure and Making “The Catechism Cataclysm”
A few years ago, “The Guatemalan Handshake,” Todd Rohal’s surreal, hilariously offbeat and oddly moving 2006 debut, literally went up in smoke: The director himself lit the match.
Wim Wenders Discusses Painful "Hammett" Collaboration With Coppola, Friendship With Nicholas Ray
Wim Wenders’ route to filmmaking was a circuitous one. At the age of 21, he landed in Paris determined to become a painter, but cinema had been in his DNA from an early age. He made super 8 movies as a child and became a local neighborhood projectionist at the age of 6 when he inherited his father’s antique film equipment; so cinema seemed like a natural path.
REVIEW | “Oranges & Sunshine” Underwhelms, But Puts Jim Loach on the Map
The true story that inspired “Oranges & Sunshine,” the directorial debut of Jim Loach, begs for dramatic interpretation. Set in 1986 Nottingham, it follows social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) as she uncovers a hidden multi-decade history in which the United Kingdom deported children to Australia, where they were often raised in abusive labor conditions.
Here’s Film Independent’s 2011 Producers Lab Fellows, Including the $25,000 Sloan Grant Winner
Film Independent has announced nine projects and their filmmakers for their 11th annual Producers Lab, including Brent Hoff and Malcom Pullinger’s “El Diablo Rojo,” which has been awarded the $25,000 Sloan Producers Grant.
Werner Herzog Says Independent Film Is a Myth (and 7 More Good Ideas From the FIND Forum Keynote)
The Film Independent Forum opened Saturday at the DGA in Los Angeles with a “keynote Q&A” from Werner Herzog. And while the format might have been a cheat, his conversation was honest and direct.
The Ambitious Abu Dhabi Film Festival Means Business, Culturally Speaking
It’s easy to get distracted while assessing the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. There’s the oil and all that it’s purchased; the subtle rivalry with neighboring Dubai; the United Arab Emirates and its ruling sheik. However, Abu Dhabi appears to be succeeding in a way that can’t be measured in dollars or by who has the tallest skyscraper.
AFI Fest Rounds Out World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts Slates
AFI FEST 2011 today rounded out the films that will screen in the event’s World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts sections.
Alexandre Desplat Scores "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," Among Many Other Films
French composer Alexandre Desplat is having a busy 2011.
Lynne Ramsay’s Next Film Is A Science-Fiction Take On "Moby Dick"
As we’ve documented more than once here, it has been far, far too long since we had a film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay. She made her debut with the excellent “Ratcatcher” in 1999, and followed it with the even better “Morvern Callar” in 2002. But since then, not much—the actress worked on her version of “The Lovely Bones” for several years to no avail, and this year marks the ninth since her last film was released. Fortunately, it also marks the release of her third film, the strong adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s novel “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” starring Tilda Swinton.