120 YEARS
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The Story 


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.

 
 
 

The Team


 

Matt Nadel

Director, Editor

Matt Nadel is a film director and activist from South Florida, currently completing his sophomore year at Yale University. Matt's work has been showcased by New York Times OpDocs, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Cinefest. He is a recipient of the Burt Reynolds Scholarship in Film and was named a National YoungArts Winner in Cinematic Arts. Matt also works with nonprofit organizations focused on immigration, education, and LGBTQ+ rights.


Lukas Cox

Co-Creator, Director of Photography, Editor

Lukas Cox is a writer/director and cinematographer from Amherst, MA, currently completing his senior year at Yale University. His extensive work in documentary film encompasses a series of projects with director Joshua Rofé and producer Jordan Peele, most recently including the upcoming Amazon docuseries Lorena. His work has been showcased at the Traverse City Film Festival and the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. He is a recipient of the Joseph Maddy Award in Filmmaking from the Interlochen Center for the Arts.


Keera Annamaneni

Producer

Keera Annamaneni is a junior at Yale, where she studies political science and human rights. She is the editor-in-chief of The Politic, Yale’s award-winning political and cultural publication. She has worked as a freelance writer for Forbes, reporting on film and entertainment. Keera is also a Yale Law School Liman Fellow and a Dwight Hall Urban Fellow and has worked for the New Haven Federal Defenders, Bronx Defenders, the State Department, Yale Law School’s Lowenstein clinic, and UN Women. 

 
 

Screenings


 
 

 

Press


“Nyberg” on WTNH News 8

“Film Documents Story of New Haven Man Framed for Felony Double Murder”

 
 

WSHU (NPR)

“After 19 Years Of Wrongful Imprisonment, New Haven Man’s Story Told In New Documentary”

The Yale Herald

“Fighting for Freedom, Finding Forgiveness”

YDN Magazine

“Geared Towards the Truth”

CT Post

New Haven Register

CBS Hartford

Greenwich Time

Newstimes

New Haven Independent

“The Scott Lewis Story Hits The Screen”

Houston Chronicle

“Film on Wrongful Conviction in New Haven to Premiere"

Yale Daily News

“Student-Made Documentary Screening Draws Hundreds”

New Haven Arts

“With ‘120 Years,’ Scott Lewis’ Story Revisited”

Stamford Advocate

My San Antonio

The Hour

 
 

Contact


 

For press and booking inquires, contact 120yearsfilm@gmail.com.

For the Innocence Project, contact 212.364.5340.

For The Politic, contact thepolitic@yale.edu.

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