Richard James Broadman

Documentary filmmaker Richard James Broadman died of a heart attack Jan. 5 in Boston. He was 53.

Broadman was one of the founders of the independent documentary movement in Boston in the 1960s, beginning with films like “Down the Project” and “Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston,” about Boston area housing projects.

Other works included “The Collective” and “Love Stories: Men, Women and Romance.”

As a teacher at the Boston Museum School, Tufts University and the Boston Film and Video Foundation, he influenced generations of aspiring filmmakers. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

His most recent project is the nearly finished “Brownsville Black & White,” about issues in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

A memorial fund has been established by the Center for Independent Documentary (43 Myrtle Street, Norfolk, MA 02056) that will benefit both his daughter and help cover the costs of completing “Brownsville.”

Broadman is survived by his wife, Mia, and daughter, Elinor.

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