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6 world-changing filmmakers

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 23, 2012, 6:59 p.m.
Franny Armstrong filming in front of McDonald's

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Franny Armstrong

Franny Armstrong is a British documentary filmmaker who first gained prominence in the progressive community after her 1997 documentary "McLibel," which tells the story of two environmental activists under legal attack by the McDonald's Corp., was blocked from broadcast by McDonald's lawyers. The resulting uproar over the legal blockade was the best marketing campaign a filmmaker could hope for and the film was ultimate seen by millions of people around the world.

Her 2009 film, "The Age of Stupid," stars Pete Postlethwaite and tells the story of a future ravaged by extreme climate change. In the movie, major cities around the world have been swallowed up by floods, ravaged by fires, and contaminated with nuclear waste while the characters deal with their respective issues and look back to ask why we didn't do more to stop it. Armstrong turned to the Internet to raise money for her film and raised nearly a million and a half dollars through crowd funding.