Fancy Girl Street Boy Productions (FGSB) launched with a bang in December 2004. They have shot documentary pieces, campaigns and editorial essays for magazines in the US and all over Latin America as well as portraits for internationally known actors, Emmy Award winning directors, Broadway performers, Presidents, politicians and high profile business people. They have also produced films for PBS. In addition to shooting, they are currently producing workshops for Santa Fe and photography expeditions for National Geographic.
One month after their inception,Fancy Girl Street Boy Productions was featured in Chilean Elle on their ‘Must Watch List.' They had their first gallery show at the prestigious SoHo House in New York City that same January.
Liza Politi is a producer, photographer, actor and teacher. Her first full-length documentary feature, "By The People" won a prestigious HUGO award and was broadcast nationwide on PBS. Currently shooting “Best Seat in the House,” a documentary focusing on Rock-star drummers, Liza is also in post-production on a new full-length feature entitled, "Suck It Up Buttercup" She has produced “Impact On The Gulf,” a multimedia, action-oriented human rights festival that debuted in New York City for the world-renowned Culture Project; and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, her USO-style Gulf Coast tour, “Broadway on the Bayou” received national attention and was featured on MSNBC. For the past 9 years, Liza has worked with National Geographic and their legendary photographers, producing expeditions and photography workshops around the world.
Inspired by her work with Kids With Cameras, the non-profit that stemmed from the Academy Award winning film, “Born Into Brothels,” Liza founded Statement Arts, a non-profit that believes in the power of art to inspire social and cultural change. For more than a decade she has taught acting and creative thought to under-served kids in NYC.
Liza graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, winning the Lee Strasberg Award for acting in her final semester. Before moving to the production side of the camera, Liza spent 15 years performing Off Broadway, in independent films and was a spokesperson for Sensodyne, Volvo, Gerber’s, Olive Garden, and has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, O! The Oprah Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Good Housekeeping.
The Screen Actors Guild presented her with the Joseph P. Reilly Award in recognition for her efforts in resolving a National Strike (2000). And in response to the events of September 11th, she spent nine months at Ground Zero working as a Volunteer Relief Worker with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. In 2003, the FDNY honored her for a community outreach program that she co-founded for them in 2001.
Award-winning photographer, Ari Espay, splits his time between New York City and Santiago, Chile. Ari has shot documentary pieces, campaigns and editorial essays for magazines in the US and all over South America including; Architectural Digest, Vogue Latin America, Que Pasa and ED. He has worked for Maybelline, Gillette, Corpbanca and Ferouch and has shot portraits for Presidents, internationally known actors, Emmy Award winning directors, Broadway performers, politicians and high profile business people.
With numerous gallery exhibitions in Santiago and New York, Ari was most recently part of FotoWeek DC at the International Arts & Artists Gallery in Washington. In 2012, he was named as Artistic Director of International Projects for Galeria64, the only gallery in Chile exhibiting photography exclusively.
He’s won Chile’s Fondart Grant, was a finalist in National Geographic’s Photo Competition, Luces de America and has published 2 books. As a photographer his work can been seen in "Colors of San Miguel" and most recently, he was the editor for Erin Feinberg’s "Diehards" (2013) with foreword by Bruce Springsteen and afterword by Neil Peart.
He currently teaches photography workshops for National Geographic and their legendary photographers including, Joe McNally, Bob Sacha and Magnum's David Alan Harvey.
Ari also speaks 3 languages and enjoys spending time in the mountains.
2016 Mingalarbar, Myanmar- Torri Dell'Acqua in Budrio/Bologna Italy
2016 Mingalarbar, Myanmar- Comune di Budrio Biblioteca, Italy
2016 Mingalarbar, Myanmar- Spazio Ducrot, Rome, Italy
2015 Debra Foundation EB Awareness, Punto, New York City
2010 ImMigration - Hillyer Art Gallery, FotoWeek DC, Washington
2009 Historias de Hotel - W Hotel, Santiago, Chile
2009 New York Mercantile Exchange, New York City
2009 New York Law School, New York City
2007 Ninos Piel de Cristal, Chile
2006 Impact on the Gulf - Chashama Gallery, New York City
2005 Kids With Cameras - Julie Saul Gallery, New York City
2005 Soho House - New York City
2001 Foto Color - Santiago, Chile
2000 Estacion Mapocho - Santiago, Chile
1999 Marfoto - Santiago, Chile
2008 Colors of San Miguel de Allende; Book, Camie Sands, Publisher
2005 Must Watch List; Chilean Elle Magazine
2014/15 Suck It Up Buttercup- 17 Festival Awards, including; Best in Festival (Hoboken), Best Feature Drama (Bare Bones International Film Festival) Best Director (Austin Indie Flix), and Best Ensemble (Bare Bones)
2006 Hugo Award - By the People
2004 National Geographic Photography Contest - 'Luces de America' Second Place Winner
2003 Fondart Award Winner 2003 – National Art Contest Sponsored by the Chilean Government