No Tomorrow Directed by Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth, 2010
“It is impossible to watch NO TOMORROW and not feel provoked in the best, most refreshing way possible.” Isabel Balazs, Film Society of Lincoln Center
As profiled in the film AGING OUT, Risa Bejarano was a foster care success story. Recently graduated, she set out for college with multiple scholarships and a sense of excitement about her future. Then, she was brutally murdered.
Soon, AGING OUT became the centerpiece of Risa’s murder trial, as prosecutors used the film to heighten sympathy for the victim and hatred for the defendant. Troubled that their documentary was being used to advance the prosecutor’s argument for the death penalty, filmmakers Vanessa Roth (Academy Award® winner, Freeheld) and Roger Weisberg (Academy Award® nominee, Sound and Fury, Why Can’t We Be a Family Again?) made a new film, NO TOMORROW, which focuses on the trial and the unexpected use of AGING OUT as evidence. In NO TOMORROW, similarities emerge between Risa and her killer, and viewers are forced to question not just whether the accused deserves to die, but whether the state deserves to kill.
Through extensive interviews with those involved in the trial and tense courtroom footage, NO TOMORROW poses a difficult question: What role did the filmmakers’ previous documentary play in this chilling death penalty trial?
AGING OUT: READY OR NOT - a 30 minute documentary about Risa’s last year of life; Theatrical Trailer
Cinequest Film Festival; Atlanta Film Festival; Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Independents Night; Human Rights Watch Film Festival; Hamptons International Film Festival
Crew:Tom Haneke (editor), Bill Bergeron-Mirsky (design and animation), Richard Fiocca (composer), Sven Johnson Illustration (courtroom sketches), Dow McKeever (post production audio), Marsha Moore (post production audio), Production Manager Suzanne Beffa (production manager), John Hazard (cinematographer), Arthur Yee (cinematographer), Roger Weisberg (producer), Vanessa Roth (producer)