120 Years tells the story of Scott Lewis, a citizen of New Haven, Connecticut who was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he never committed. Over the course of two decades, Lewis built his case from behind bars, poring over legal texts, writing to attorneys, and holding out hope that one day he might walk free. This story traces the ramifications of his wrongful conviction on a family that lost 20 precious years together, on a community shaken by corruption, and on an exonerated man desperately making up for lost time. Through the lens of Scott Lewis’ story, 120 Years offers a glimpse into the lives of the individuals our criminal justice system leaves behind—and the extraordinary fight it takes to reverse their fates.
Hopper student-directed documentary screening draws hundreds!
March 8, 2019
Matt Nadel (GH ‘21) served as the director of the film. After nine months of production alongside collaborators Lukas Cox (BK ‘19) and Keerthana Annamaneni (TD ‘20), Matt was overjoyed to share the film with a curious community of Yale students and New Haven residents, including Scott Lewis, his legal team, and several other exonerees. You can watch the trailer for 120 Years here.