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. Winner of the Pan African Film Festival's Best Documentary Award and Mystic Film Festival's Human Rights Award, 120 Years has been lauded by the Houston Chronicle, NPR, CBS, and other national outlets.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion including:
Stefon Morant (co-defendant)
Brett Dignam (Mr. Lewis' attorney, Vice Dean of Experiential Education at Columbia Law School)
Vanessa Potkin (Director of Post-Conviction Litigation for the Innocence Project)
Matt Nadel, Keera Annamaneni, and Lukas Cox (Filmmakers)
Melanie Carr (Investigator and Founder of Fighting Chance)