Filmmaker Lana Jokel was born in Shanghai, China. She grew up in Brazil, educated in France and the United States. She studied languages and also attended Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. Her documentary film career began with the American pioneers Leacock and Pennebaker. She edited Norman Mailer and Andy Warhol films as well as many documentaries on art and music before making her own films. Among her many documentary subjects were Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Larry Rivers and Chinese Contemporary Art.