Lisanne's documentary films (all distributed by First Run/Icarus Films) include the award-winning short OLDTIMERS (1993), a black-and-white portrayal of the regulars of a San Francisco Irish bar; the 1995 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition entry NO LOANS TODAY, about a black-owned pawnshop in post-riot South Central Los Angeles; and DREAMLAND, a portrayal of the struggle of compulsive gamblers living in Las Vegas. Both NO LOANS TODAY and DREAMLAND were broadcast on POV, PBS's independent documentary film series.
Lisanne recently co-wrote and directed the short film Capture the Flag based on the 1970s coming of age novel by Rebecca Chace. The film was selected for the 2010 Aspen Shortsfest International Competition, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Mill Valley Film Festival and won the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Short at the Nantucket Film Festival. She is currently filming the feature documentary BRILLO BOX (3¢ off) about an iconic Andy Warhol sculpture once owned by her family, and the dramatically changing economic and social circumstances in which it changed hands from collector to collector over the past 40 years.
Lisanne's upcoming fiction work include the feature film version of Capture the Flag and an adaptation of the Joyce Carol Oates novel Starr Bright Will Be With You Soon. A faculty member of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television, Lisanne has served on juries, panels and selection committees for the Sundance Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and the American Film Institute Film Fest.