Trevor Brodie Hall -Founder of Open Roads
Trevor is an educator and strategic consultant 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 of DoubleTake Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to showcasing documentary photography and literary essays. 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 financially marginalized high school students. These programs pioneered a combination of travel and an immersion in the documentary arts of film, photography, and writing to help students develop their own sense of creative agency and break the cycle of generational poverty. Over the years, Open Roads expanded to offer its unique brand of teaching and learning in new ways, including offering creative workshops and retreats for companies and nonprofits, production support for documentary films, and eventually to provide extended strategic management
consulting for organizations seeking to scale its 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 social change. In his time in this position, they more than doubled the annual fundraising totals, launched an online curriculum (Rock Your World) that was used in more than 25,000 schools, provided production and distribution support to 150+ documentary filmmakers, and helped to produce the long-awaited narrative feature film, Journey is the Destination, about the
inspirational story of the founder’s son, photojournalist Dan Eldon, which is now available on Netflix.
In 2016, Trevor founded an impact entertainment company to extend the reach of Open Roads and use the power of film to make the world a better place. He has since 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 to tell 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.
Today Trevor continues to develop educational programs and provide strategic consulting services for organizations and companies with a clear vision for a better world.