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 is a producer, photographer, actor and teacher. As a freelance producer, her documentary and narrative full-length feature films have won a prestigious HUGO award, toured the festival circuits, and have been broadcast nationwide on PBS. Liza has produced “Impact On The Gulf,” a multimedia, action-oriented human rights festival that debuted in NYC 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 10 years, Liza has worked with National Geographic and their legendary photographers, producing expeditions and photography workshops in more than 45 countries around the world.
She founded Statement Arts (2003), a New York City based non-profit that brings arts education and mentoring programs to marginalized urban youth. Designed to help them build the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential, Statement Arts has received grants from Morgan Stanley, The Disney Corporation, The NY Department of Cultural Affairs, The Manhattan Borough President’s Office, The Rudin Foundation and has been featured on MSNBC, ABC News, and Fox 5.
With a strong background in crisis management, Liza spent nine months at Ground Zero as a volunteer rescue and relief worker with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. And in 2000, The Screen Actors Guild presented her with the Joseph P. Reilly Award in recognition for her efforts in resolving a national strike. 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. Liza graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, winning the Lee Strasberg Award for acting in her final semester. www.lizapoliti.com
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, Italy and New York, Ari's was most recently on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in Cento, Italy (2018/2019). 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 Latin America Fotografia 7 and has published 2 books. As a photographer his work can been seen in "Colors of San Miguel" and 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 and has worked for National Geographic and their legendary photographers including, Joe McNally, Bob Sacha, Ed Kashi, and Magnum's David Alan Harvey.
Ari also speaks 3 languages and enjoys spending time in the mountains. www.ariespayphotography.com
2018 Glimpses of Southeast Asia- Museum of Modern Art, Cento, Italy
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
2018 Latin American Fotografia 7 - Chosen Finalist
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