Just a quick reminder that NO TOMORROW is premiering on Investigation Discovery this October, under the title “FINAL JUDGEMENT.” We’re proud that, along with the excellent doc Cropsey, we’re one of the network’s two movie picks for the fall. Here is the broadcast info:
Friday, October 8 at 10:00PM
ID FILMS presents FINAL JUDGEMENT, a special one-hour version of NO TOMORROW, on the Investigation Discovery network.
Check with your local cable or satellite provider for channel information.
We’re pleased to announce that NO TOMORROW will be screening at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Long Island, NY.
Here is the screening info:
Hamptons International Film Festival
Thursday, October 7 at 1:45 PM
Saturday, October 9 at 9:00PM
Regal East Hampton Cinema 6, 30 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
Tickets are available here.
NO TOMORROW at the Missouri History Museum
A quick addendum to our prior post about NO TOMORROW’s free screening in St. Louis on September 29: The Missouri History Museum has just added an extensive information post about the film. Please stop by if you’re in the St. Louis metro area!
The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio recently hosted “Law and Order Week.” NO TOMORROW directors Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth stopped by to discuss the film and you can listen to the radio show here:
Filmmakers Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth met Risa Bejarano when they decided to make her the subject of a documentary on the foster care system called “Aging Out.” Shortly after, Bejarano was brutally murdered, a suspect was charged with her death and footage from the documentary was brought into the courtroom by the prosecution. The film helped the jury see Bejarano as more than a victim. It helped them understand who she was as a person and the prosecuting attorney used this to his advantage in successfully obtaining the death penalty for her accused killer. Roth and Weisberg, opponents of capital punishment, followed up this experience with another film called “No Tomorrow” that shows how they unwillingly played a role in sentencing a man to death. They join host Frank Stasio for Law & Order Week to tell their story and talk about what they learned about how we as a society decide who should live and who should die.
Check it out. It’s an interesting talk.
The NO TOMORROW roadshow is continuing with another screening in Denver, Colorado. Showtime is Thursday, September 2nd from 5:30pm-7pm and the screening is sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association. Screening is free to both CBA members at the general public and will take place at the CLECI Large Classroom, 1900 Grant Street #300 in Denver. For more information, click the link above or call (303) 860-0608.
St. Louis: NO TOMORROW is screening courtesy of the American Friends Service Committee at the Missouri History Museum on September 29.
Durham, NC: NO TOMORROW is screening courtesy of the Capital Restorative Justice Project at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on September 2.
About our film:
NO TOMORROW focuses on the murder of Risa Bejarano, the principle subject of AGING OUT, our recent film about teenagers leaving foster care. NO TOMORROWexplores how a film about Risa’s last year of life unexpectedly became the centerpiece of a homicide investigation and a trial that would determine whether the alleged killer would live or die.
Ironically, we created AGING OUT in order to illustrate how difficult it is for teenagers to overcome the scars of abuse and neglect. Now we were confronted with the prospect that our film helped convince a jury to give the death penalty to a young man who had suffered the same traumatic childhood experiences as Risa Bejarano in AGING OUT. Having failed to protect Chavez as a child, and having failed to protect the community from his violent behavior as a teenager, the state is now poised to execute him. By painting an intimate portrait of the tragic end of two young lives, NO TOMORROW provides a dramatic window into the complexity and controversy surrounding capital punishment.
We’re pleased to announce that one of our screenings was in the news:
The criminal justice system makes mistakes.
And as long as Kansas has the death penalty, those mistakes might cost a wrongfully convicted person not only his freedom, but his life.
That was the message Eddie Lowery hoped to send Thursday night at an anti-death-penalty event at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Lowery spent 10 years in a Kansas prison for the rape of woman near Manhattan. After serving his time, he was exonerated through DNA evidence in 2003.
“I believe there still are innocent men and women in prison,” Lowery said. “Possibly on death row … .”
Lowery said he wants to use his story to abolish the death penalty and work on reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.
The event was sponsored by the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, as well as the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP). After the showing of the documentary “No Tomorrow,” which highlighted a death penalty case, Lowery shared his story with a panel that included other anti-death-penalty advocates.
Want to see the film? Check out our next post for some additional screenings.