Henry Bronchtein

Director, Producer

I am a product of the American Dream. My parents were immigrants who came to this country because they sought freedom from the violence, oppression, and prejudice they had known in life. The ability to live in peace and to pursue prosperity for themselves and their children was the goal. My father made a living as a cab driver and my mother was a homemaker. I was born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn New York along with my two older brothers. We all attended New York City public schools.

As a child I was an avid reader, devouring every novel and every comic book put in front of me. I am a member of the first generation to be raised on television. Growing up my favorite shows were Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners. I particularly loved Jackie Gleason’s vision of the working class life of a bus driver living in Bensonhurst. It not only made me laugh it seemed to illustrate and illuminate my life.

When I was sick my mother would go to the corner candy store and buy every comic book on the stand for me. She would install me on the living room couch, in front of the TV with them. There I’d lay with a blanket, a pillow and a glass of hot tea laced with a teaspoon of cognac, this was the prescription for healing. I would rest there for hours, reading and watching television, engrossed in the worlds of Drama and Comedy. At an early age I experienced their ability to reach me in important ways.

In High School I became the head of the Stage Crew. Much to my parent’s chagrin, when the time came to go to college, I did not choose to pursue becoming a doctor or a lawyer. I decided to attend New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts to pursue an education in filmmaking. Luckily for me, my parents supported my dream. That’s love. Once out of NYU I became an assistant director in the Director’s Guild of America. One of my first great experiences in film was being the apprentice assistant director on Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull. Perhaps the best-known work I have been associated with is the HBO series The Sopranos created by David Chase. I was lucky enough to be associated with that project for its entire span. Some of my favorite movies include, Dr. Strangelove, The Godfather: Part II, Some Like It Hot and The Third Man.

I have two children – both are young adults now. My son graduated from Middlebury College and is pursuing a career as a folk singer. My daughter is currently studying International Relations and Political Science at McGill University.

I enjoy a great career in film and television and am grateful to the directors, writers, producers and crew I’ve worked with. In recent years I have been producing and directing on various television series. I look forward to many more years doing this and to many more wonderful milestones in my career.

I think my parents would be pleased.