Trevor Brodie Hall
Handing One Another Along
Other Publications & Talks:
"A Documentary Classroom", DoubleTake Magazine
The Edison Cafe, DoubleTake Magazine, republished in The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
From Story to Consequence, TEDx Pacific Palisades
Trevor is an educator and writer who has spent over 25 years guiding young adults in nature, helping them ask life's big questions, reflecting on their values, listen to the stories of others, and discovering how to be authors of their own life narrative.
In 2001, Trevor founded Open Roads to provide time in nature and an introduction to the documentary arts through travel programs for a diverse range of high school students. These programs pioneered a combination of travel, the outdoors, and an immersion in the documentary arts of film, photography, and writing in order to help students develop their creative agency. Over the years, Open Roads expanded to offer its unique brand of teaching and learning in new ways, including creative workshops and retreats for companies and nonprofits, production support for documentary films, and eventually providing extended strategic management consulting for organizations seeking to scale their impact.
As part of the consulting work, Trevor spent four years as the President and CEO of Creative Visions Foundation. In his time in this position, Creative Visions launched an online curriculum called Rock Your World that has been used in more than 25,000 classrooms. They also provided production and distribution support to 150+ documentary filmmakers, and helped produce the long-awaited narrative feature film, Journey is the Destination, about the inspirational story of the founder’s son, photojournalist Dan Eldon (available on Netflix).
Trevor went on to produce dozens of short films to help foundations expand the impact of their grants; directed and sold a youth-focused documentary short film series to Disney’s Freeform channel; produced an hour-long special about the importance of quality early childhood education for the Saul Zaentz Foundation; and produced the feature-length documentary film, Soufra (along with publishing a companion cookbook) that tells the story of an all-women led food truck business launched from inside a refugee camp.
Among his boards and committee work, Trevor was a 6-year member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Alumni Council. He is currently a Board Member of TREE Academy in Los Angeles, and on the Advisory Board for The Foundation for Systemic Change, the Social Impact Media Awards, and the Academy for Global Citizenship in Chicago -- an award-winning public school that just broke ground on one of the world's most environmentally advanced community development campuses.
Trevor lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters and continues to deepen his commitment to using time in nature and the power of story to make the world a better place.