Nereid Productions [pronounced NEE-ree-uhd] is a boutique production company dedicated to developing and adapting existing works for the screen. Focused on the stories of women and girls, Nereid Productions highlights the uniquely transformative impact of travel and adventure on the female experience. 

Nereid Productions will be developing Maine author Elizabeth Garber’s memoir, SAILING AT THE EDGE OF DISASTER: A YOUNG WOMAN’S DARING YEAR, for a limited television series. 

Garber’s memoir chronicles her adventures—along with 50 teens and their twenty-something teachers—as part of a sailing school housed aboard the four-masted sailing vessel Antarna in the 1970s. Along the way, the ship—now known as Sea Cloud—and crew survive a gale at sea, a hole in the hull in deep water, an act of piracy, a near-miss with a nuclear sub, and a hostage situation involving armed gun boats in Panama. 

The book is currently available from Toad Hall Editions.


Tanya is the co-writer and an associate producer of the documentary feature, THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE, directed by Robin Greenspun (Culture Dog Films) in association with Quiet Film.

The movie tells the story of Las Vegas native, Amy Ayoub, a prominent political fundraiser and public-speaking coach. For thirty-eight years, Amy was burdened by a terrible secret: as a vulnerable seventeen year old, she had been recruited into a life of violence and exploitation.

Then, in 2012, Amy learned about Nevada Assembly Bill 67, a bill designed to fight sex trafficking.

THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE charts Amy’s transformational journey from a tumultuous childhood in Las Vegas to her emotionally wrenching testimony before the Nevada State Legislature in 2013.  With raw candor—and sometimes wry humor—Amy reckons with her past, and her legacy of shame, trauma, secrecy, and loss.

Along the way, we meet the people whose lives Amy has touched: her family members; her friends; business, political and legislative associates; and fellow trafficking survivors who have found a devoted mentor and advocate.

Tanya also co-wrote the short film, THE DEAL—directed by Louis Frederick—winner of a Special Jury Prize at the U.S. National Short Film Competition. 

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