After graduation, she returned to Paris, where she continued her studies under the direction of Christian Metz at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and taught English at the University of Paris and at the American Center for Students and Artists. She began experimenting with the American Center's extensive video equipment, and was commissioned by the Center to create a series of video vignettes for use in its classrooms.
Moving to New York City, Krueger worked briefly as an assistant to the video curator of the Museum of Modern Art, and then became a production manager for Academy Award-winning director Zbigniew Rybczynski. She also line-produced the American segments for Alain Tanner's "La Vallée Fantôme" and Pierre Granier Deferre's "La Couleur de Vent."
Eager to move from production to directing, Krueger took up script supervision, or continuity, as a kind of "earn while your learn" film school. As a script supervisor, she worked closely with such directors as Jim Jarmusch (on "Mystery Train" and "Night on Earth"), Abel Ferrara ("King of New York") and James Ivory ("Mr. and Mrs. Bridge"), and was able to absorb first-hand the creative and technical aspects of movie-making.
She then wrote, directed and co-edited "Best Offer," a half hour short described as a "coming of age story about a young girl's transition from four-legged love objects (horses) to two-legged ones (boys)." Featuring cinematography by her brother Tom and production design by her brother Mathew, "Best Offer" premiered at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win awards at the San Francisco Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Houston Worldfest, Oberhausen and the CINE Golden Eagle, among others. "Best Offer" was also licensed for numerous television showings around the world.
Krueger's first feature-length screenplay, "Manny & Lo," was honored by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute when it was chosen for its 1994 June Filmmakers and Writers Lab. As a "Sundance Fellow," Lisa was invited to rehearse, shoot on video and edit scenes from "Manny & Lo" with the actors of her choice (among them Mary Kay Place) over the course of four weeks in the mountains of Utah. Seasoned filmmakers/advisors were on hand to offer feedback, including Robert Redford, Arthur Penn, Alan Pakula, Paul Brickman, Richard Pierce, Morgan Freeman, Sally Field, and others. The institute also organized a stage reading of "Manny & Lo" with Morgan Freeman narrating. (Other films developed at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab include "Reservoir Dogs," "Impromptu," "Fresh," and "I Like It Like That.")
Lisa Krueger currently divides her time among Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.