Jackie Leger was born in Boston. She holds a BFA degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA degree from Yale School of Art in Media Arts. She taught filmmaking at the University of New Haven and seminars on German Expressionist film at Yale College under the supervision of Stan Lawder. In the 1980's, she began a trilogy of independent black and white films inserting remade scenes from her favorite films (Breathless, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, or Marx Brothers gags to name a few).
RECKLESS was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival and Locarno International Film Festival. PSYCHOKILLERS was screened at the Locarno Internationl Film Festival and the Montreal Festival for New Cinema.
ROCK N ROLL GIRLS was screened at independent screenings and local venues.
Leger, a fan of modernism and the avant garde, also made a series of documentaries in the 1990's "Pioneers of Modernism" tracing the careers of architects Alberto Sartoris, Alfred Roth, Max Bill, Charlotte Perriand and Albert Frey. She received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Council for the Arts, Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts, Paul Sacher Fund, Florence Gould Foundation to name a few for these educational films.