Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. It turned into a magical moment in time for me, because of the wonderful filmmakers I met there and the community the program created, singlehandedly. Many institutions, in particular one recently in the Middle East, have tried to recreate the concept but, in my opinion, it's always lacking the soul of TAA. This so-called "soul" of TAA has to do with giving voice to those filmmakers who would otherwise not be able to enter the cinematic arena.
If this recent essay confession by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is any indication, most in show business should be on the look-out for alternative voices. The result can be simply magical.