It is a great read that leaves you wanting more.
The stories of his life growing up are fascinating.
A lot of times when I read a biography, I find it boring to read some of the stories about them growing up, but Jay Chandrasekhar does not let that happen in his book. He gives great insight to his days at boarding school where he narced on some students for smoking weed. Only to lead to becoming a frequent smoker in the near future. He even tells a great story about when he ran into the kid he got expelled from school for smoking weed in his dorm.
His Colgate University days with the gang.
Their first film "Puddle Cruiser."
How Film Festivals work, especially Sundance.
Selling a film.
After Puddle Cruiser played at Sundance, some potential buyers were interested, including the great Harvey Weinstein. Ultimately it didn't sell but later became a straight to VHS in Canada which made back the money and got Jay out of debt.
Years later, they would submit their next film "Super Troopers," to Sundance where it would sell to Fox Searchlight. The film took multipule screenings and Harvey Weinstein actually helped them sell it by drinking with them!
Super Troopers, Club Dread, and Beerfest stories.
Jay Chandrasekhar has has a lot of success working as a director for television. I learned a lot about what it took to be a television director from this. For example, you get five days to prepare for you episode, and five days to shoot it. If you go over time and need another day, it takes away a day from the next director's episode. Pretty interesting and very scary!
He has directed episodes for, Undeclared, Arrested Development, Community, Human Giant, Blue Mountain State, New Girl, and The Goldbergs.
If you are a Burt Reynolds fan.
Chandrasekhar talks a lot about growing up as an Indian American and what life was like as an Indian American after 9/11. It's extremely insightful and very frustrating at how ignorant people could be. He even signed up for karate classes as a result of feeling like he would be getting into a lot of fights because of the way he looked. The mistaken identity of being Middle Eastern occured on many occasions but one stood out.
After 9/11 he was in Boston and was walking around late at night when some guys started to call him Muhammad and yelling racial slurs at him. He said he didn't want any trouble and they began to push him around like they were going to start beating him up. Eventually one of them realized he was from Super Troopers and they turned the attitude around saying they were fans and asking for pictures. They told him they were only kidding and got a picture with him to which he accepted as a result of not wanting to be beaten up.
These chapters are some of my favorite as they were educational and gave us a great look into his life during a stressful time in America.