The Italian film, The Bicycle Thief, further inspired Lee to look at movies not only as entertainment, but also as an art form that can contribute to humanity. Consequently, her studies at USC's School of Cinematic Arts centered on exploring what cinema can do that other art forms cannot. While earning both a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Critical Studies, she developed an appreciation for films that "break conventional rules of filmmaking, that explore different possibilities of storytelling, and that always challenge conventions and clichés."
As a teacher of film studies, Lee exposes students to the works of filmmakers from around the world. Her goal is to share her passion for exploring new possibilities in cinematic art, something she feels is possible for those who are "open to differences."