Here are descriptions of Lana's films, short trailers of the documentaries and links to view full versions.
1973. 54 min.
This 1973 film shows Warhol, on camera, at his most talkative and in his inimitable style, discusses life, society, money and art. Revealing his uncanny instinct to pick up what's in the air, what's the pulse of things to come.
Lively exchanges with Philip Johnson, Barbara Rose, as well as insights from friends, superstars and art world figures, give an unflinching look into the personality of Warhol and his art.
LARRY RIVERS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
1992, 79 min.
In the forty years that Larry Rivers has been a prominent artist, jazz musician and recently and author, he has been know for his outspokenness, irreverence, and wit. Here Rivers is seen as a pivotal artist of this century. In his signature style, Rivers appropriates images of historically established masterpieces and transforms them according to his personal vision. The result is a bombastic display of his superb figurative technique. Interviewed in the the film are River’s dealer Pierre Levai, art historian and critic Sam Hunter, author Arnold Weinstein, his ex-wife Clarice, his children and Rivers himself.
LARGE SCALE PROJECTS: CLAES OLDENBURG/COOSJE VAN BRUGGEN
1992. 56 min.
by Lana Jokel and Nicholas Doob
He’s reserved and quietly driven; she’s energetic and outspoken. Together they explore the mystery and power of everyday objects by changing their sizes, shapes and textures in surprising and unsettling ways. Oldenburg and his wife and artistic collaborator, van Bruggen, have created many projects carried out in collaboration with the American architect Frank Gehry. The film shows various works from conception to installation including “Spoonbridge and Cherry” in Minneapolis, “Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels” in Miami, “Knifeship” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and “Binocular Building” in Venice, California.
CHINESE HAND LAUNDRY AND FIELD OF WASTE
1995. 45 min.
Huang Yong Ping and Chen Zhen, two Chinese avant-garde artists, come to New York to create and oversee their installation works at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1993.
The story behind their journey to the West, 20 years preceding the emergence of the contemporary Chinese art scene. Through their art, the artists are exposing their own psychic and their mental luggage, carried from the past. And in a poignant sense, conveying the universality of people and races in the world.
2002. 54 min.
The sculptural language of Strong-Cuevas originates from the basic form of the human head. Whether simplified through the use of contours and profiles, or by the reduction of details in the case of the monumental works, her abstract faces symbolize a universal human condition throughout time.
Donald Kuspit: " Strong -Cuevas's sculpture invite us to turn inward - to identify with her contemplating heads - and encounter the primitive visionary self deep within us."
Phyllis Braff: " ... the ambitious program of seeking a sculpture that blends architecture and perfectly keyed abstraction with the potent emotionalism resulting from the human-face themes."
CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART: ARTISTS WORKING IN CHINA
2004. 58 min.
While most westerners have at least a basic familiarity with traditional Chinese art, the isolationism and restrictive policies of the post-war years precluded a contemporary art scene from flourishing in China. A new storm of change has swept across China in recent years, and has nourished an astounding flowering of innovative, energetic and challenging contemporary art. This documentary links the three thousand year old tradition of Chinese art with the very latest accomplishments of the visionaries of Chinese art today.
CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART COMES TO AMERICA
2004. 57 min.
Today Chinese artists are everywhere. Their work is some of the freshest and most engaging to be seen anywhere, and it is more appealing than ever to Western curators and collectors alike. Often ambitious in scale and experimental in nature, this work reflects the unprecedented changes in China’s economic, social and cultural life over the past tumultuous decade. This film focuses on ground-breaking exhibitions of this new Chinese art. Included are photography, video art, and installations. Insightful comments from curators, historians, collectors and the artists themselves give historical perspective to the works.
CAMERA AND MIRROR - HOWARD KANOVITZ
2007. 28 min.
A look into the realm of Kanovitz's work in 2007, when much of his work changed and evolved into something very new.
Kanovitz: "Abstract Expressionism used to turn me on to the mysteries of life. I painted colors and shapes exhumed from the subconscious and were confirmed by what was considered "Art". In the photographic realism of my later work, nothing important changed, except that I began to paint things, not just colors and shapes. The complexity and range of possibility expanded. The impulse was the same."
A MOMENT IN TIME
2016. 96 min.
Andy Warhol had introduced Lana to a number of Hamptons artists. In the 1990's, she decided to film a series of impromptu interviews with some of these artists who had reached their mid-careers or beyond. This was conducted in the casual settings of their studios, homes and exhibitions.
They spoke about their ideas and work process; reflecting, revealing and musing whatever came to mind. It was the spontaneity, openness and enthusiasm captured at that 'Moment in Time' that gives a rich tapestry of creative talent in the Hamptons and beyond.
THE WAY IT GOES
2017. 56 min.
“The Way it Goes" is a documentary film on the artist Nathan Slate Joseph.
His work is about expansion and contraction, statements of destruction and reconstruction, comprised of rusted sheets of steel and chosen objects. The works, vibrant in color, are cut, bent and welded into shapes and wall reliefs. The film shows the creative process.
Interweaved with the art are scenes through the decades; of family life, art world events and figures, and the artist himself, intense, creative, outspoken, funny and real.
KEITH SONNIER: SKETCHES TO NEON
2019. 20 min.
A 20-minute documentary on artist Keith Sonnier: Sketches to Neon by filmmaker Lana Jokel is a work in progress. Filmed at several locations, the documentary follows Sonnier and Jokel to an auto-body shop where the artist is transforming a 1950s Oldsmobile into a mobile neon sculpture, to Sonnier’s Bridgehampton studio, where he and Jokel discuss his process of transforming sketches and maquettes into neon works and at Sonnier's exhibit at Pace Gallery, NY, where curator Douglas Baxter carried on a dialog with the artist on his work.