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Tender Hearts Crusades (THC)  is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has a heart to impact the lives of inner city youth at risk. Through mentoring programs, our goal is to cultivate our future generation and help them to develop social and personal skills.

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DOCUMENTARIES

The Nehemiah Project

 

BULLYING PREVENTION INITIATIVE (2014)

Bullying Prevention Initiative is documentary about an after school campaign that takes place at Rainey Institute to promote inclusive, diverse, and bully-free environments where students can learn and grow. Created and managed by Tender Hearts Crusades, the program is taught by Nehemiah Spencer, professional dancer and alumni of Rainey Institute.

Bullying Prevention was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Produced by Joniece Williams. 
Cinematography by Chad Butler. Edited by Chris "CK" Kennedy and Jason "Cutter" Mitchell. Directed by Joddy Eric Matthews.

PURE IMAGINATION (2015)

The first documentary in The Nehemiah Project series, Pure Imagination follows Nehemiah Spencer as he trains students in an intensive after school program that uses dance as a Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) technique to promote diversity and build self-confidence among at risk youth, especially those who are perceived to be "different". The class's final event is a flash mob at Tower City in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Pure Imagination was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Produced by Obadiah Baker.
Cinematography by Remi Matthews. Edited by Chris
"CK" Kennedy. Directed by Joddy Eric Matthews. 

 

FRESH MOVES (2016)

Fresh Moves is the second short film documentary in The Nehemiah Project series. It follows Nehemiah Spencer, a Juilliard graduate, Director of Dance Arts at Tender Hearts Crusades and Complexions Contemporary Dance Company dancer, collaborating with Dee Jay Doc, Founder/President of Fresh Camp. Their project 'Fresh Moves' gives back to the community in a very unique way by engaging the youth in the area to learn dance, music production and gardening.

 

Fresh Moves was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Produced and Edited by Joddy Eric Matthews. Cinematography by Yasmine Lawler. Directed by Chris "CK" Kennedy.

Film Festival Official Selections:

  • 7th DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL (2016)

  • FIRST FRIDAY FILM FESTIVAL (2016)

  • GREATER CLEVELAND URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (2016)

  • INTERNATIONAL CHINH INDIA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL (2016)

  • LA DANCE FILM FESTIVAL (2016)

  • CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (2017)

ROCK COLLECTION (2017)

Rock Collection is the third part and final to the Nehemiah Project series. The film is about Nehemiah Spencer collaborating with Dee Jay Doc and Alfredo Guerrieri, Rock and Blues music instructor at The Music Settlement school. The story follows the trio as they prepare their students for a concert at the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame. Teaching their students by example, the trio use music and dance to provide their students with hope.

Rock Collection was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Narrated by Joddy Eric Matthews. Produced by Chris "CK" Kennedy. Cinematography by Remi Matthews. Directed and Edited by Joddy Eric Matthews.

Capoeira

 

CAPOEIRA - LIVE THE GAME (2016)

Capoeira - Live the Game is a documentary based on the lives of Anthony Santo Domingo (Mentor and Instructor of the Live the Game program) and Demetri Tye (Capoeira student). The documentary speaks to their difficult upbringings and how studying Capoeira helped them to overcome a lifetime of social issues such as bullying and violence.

Capoeira - Live the Game was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Produced by Chris "CK" Kennedy and Anthony Santo Domingo. Cinematography by Yasmine Lawler. Directed and Edited by Joddy Eric Matthews.

Film Festival Official Selections:

  • GREATER CLEVELAND URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (2016)

  • LA DANCE FILM FESTIVAL (2016)

  • SHORT. SWEET. FILM FEST (2017)

  • UNIVERSE MULTICULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL (2017)

  • COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL (2017)

  • GLOBAL IMPACT FILM FESTIVAL (2017)

  • INTERNATIONAL PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE
    FILM FESTIVAL (2017)

CAPOEIRA PLAY (2017)

Capoeira - Play is the second short documentary based on the life of Anthony Santo Domingo (Mentor & Instructor of Capoeira Brasil Cleveland and the Live the Game program). The documentary speaks to Anthony's relationship with one of his mentors and best friend, Mestre Trapo. We see just how much Mestre Trapo has influenced Anthony's teachings and how through Capoeira they both continue to change their students' lives for the better.

 

Capoeira Play was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Narrated by Joddy Eric Matthews. Produced by Chris "CK" Kennedy and Anthony Santo Domingo. Cinematography by Remi Matthews. Directed and Edited by Joddy Eric Matthews.

Film Festival Official Selections:

  • SHORT. SWEET. FILM FEST (2018)

  • GLOBAL IMPACT FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

  • SAN DIEGO KIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

Sankofa

 

SANKOFA (2016)

Sankofa follows the journey of Dr. Adetokunbo Borishade and her quest to teach inner city African American youth about African culture and their heritage. The Sankofa program reaches out to African american youth to teach them about their heritage through reading and theater.

Sankofa was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Produced by Chris "CK" Kennedy.  Edited by
Joddy Eric Matthews. Cinematography by Yasmine Lawler. Directed by Joddy Eric Matthews.

Film Festival Official Selections:

  • CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (2017)

  • GREATER CLEVELAND URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (2017)

SANKOFA SOLVING X (2017)

Sankofa Solving X is the second part of the Sankofa program series. Championed by Sister Yvetta Eley, the Sankofa program's seeks to teach young African American students about their African roots and heritage. To achieve this, two students are selected to submit their DNA to Ancestry.com for testing. Who are they? Where do I come for? This is their story.

Sankofa Solving X was produced for TenderHearts by MadWerkz Studios. Narrated by Joddy Eric Matthews. Produced by Joddy Eric Matthews. Cinematography by Remi Matthews. Edited by Joddy Eric Matthews. Co directed by Chris "CK" Kennedy and Joddy Eric Matthews.

Film Festival Official Selections:

  • GLOBAL IMPACT FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

  • URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

  • CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

  • GREATER CLEVELAND URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

  • INTERNATIONAL CHINH INDIA KIDS
    FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

Best Documentary Awards:

  • URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

  • CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (2018)