about liza


Liza Politi is a producer, actor, teacher and photographer. Her first full-length documentary feature, “By The People”, won a HUGO Award, was broadcast nationwide on PBS and was ranked as one of the top films at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. 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, 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. A partner at Fancy Girl Street Boy Productions, 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 co-founded Statement Arts, a not for profit that believes in the power of art to inspire social and cultural change. For more than a decade, she has taught creative thinking and theater to under-served teenagers in New York City.

Liza graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, winning the Lee Strasberg Award for acting in her final year, and spent 15 years working as an actress and model in New York City.  She has performed Off-Broadway, in independent films and has been 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.

In 2000, Liza was presented with the Joseph P. Reilly Award from the Screen Actors Guild in recognition for her efforts in resolving a national strike.  After September 11, 2001, Liza spent nine months working with both the 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.