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 whose work is rooted in a Masters of Education from Harvard University where he was subsequently awarded a three-year fellowship to serve as a Teaching Fellow for Dr. Robert Coles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor. Trevor was a recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in each of those three years. In 2010, he and Vicki Kennedy co-edited a collection of Dr. Coles’ lectures into the book titled, Handing One Another Along, published by Random House. While teaching with Dr. Coles, Trevor also served as an editor for DoubleTake Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to showcasing documentary photography and literary essays. As part of his role, Trevor authored documentary essays, including "The Edison Cafe," which was republished in St. Martin's Guide to Writing as a study in expository writing. DoubleTake was a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
In 2001, inspired by the teaching of Dr. Coles, Trevor founded Open Roads to provide educational travel programs for a diverse range of high school students. These programs pioneered a combination of travel, time in nature, and an immersion in the documentary arts of film, photography, and writing in order to help students develop their creative agency and become authors of their own life stories. 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 management consulting work, Trevor spent four years as the President and CEO of Creative Visions Foundation, where he helped its founders grow the organization into a global presence in the use of media and arts for positive change. 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 then narrowed his focus on the power of film to make the world a better place. He produced 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 award-winning 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. Soufra
was featured at Berlinale, DOCNYC, and dozens of other festivals and community screenings before eventually being sold to Hulu and to numerous international territories.
Among his boards and committee work, Trevor was a 6-year member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Alumni Council, and a member of the Board for the LA-based A Sense of Home. 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 -- 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 for all of us.