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Crea8 Productions Announces Their Independent Short Film Aquarium Will Be Featured in the Short Film Corner at the 68th Cannes Festival


Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/11/2015 -- Aquarium, a short film created by Director/Benmio McCrea, Producer/Natasha McCrea, and Writer/Actor J.D. Phillips will be featured in the Short Film Corner at the 2015 the Cannes International Film Festival held in Cannes, France.

Aquarium began as a family project and developed into a film with a compelling message about the struggle to find certainty in an unpredictable world. Completed in 8 short weeks the story follows two characters who despite their hope, of spending a lifetime together, are forced to say goodbye.

The Short Film Corner is organized by the Festival de Cannes and is the essential rendez-vous for filmmakers. Since 2004, short film producers and directors have chosen the Short Film Corner as the place to present their films, make meetings reality and take decisive steps for their future careers.

The 68th Festival de Cannes will be held on May 13-24, 2015 with more than 30,000 attendees, including high-profile industry executives and celebrities, at its 150 selective screenings, galas and film market.

Aquarium has been featured at Slamdance in Park City, Utah, earlier this year. In addition to Cannes the filmmakers plan to present the film at a number of other film festivals in 2015 throughout the US and abroad.

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Crea8 Productions was founded by husband and wife team Natasha and Benmio McCrea. Benmio McCrea, Director is a native of Philadelphia. Mr. McCrea graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, studied film at New York University, and holds a BFA in theater from Syracuse University. He wrote, produced and directed the award winning short film Retribution.

Retribution garnered praise on the festival circuit, having showings throughout the US and abroad. Retribution celebrated its television premiere on Showtime. Mr. McCrea has received a Cine Eagle Award, a "Prized Pieces" Community Choice Award, as well as an Emerging Artist Award of Special Merit.

The Black American Cinema Society, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, National Black Programming Consortium, Independent Feature Project and the Writer's Guild of America have honored him for his work. He is a member of the DGA and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and Crea8 Productions' producing partner, Natasha McCrea.

J.D. Phillips is a 2014 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is the writer and star of Aquarium. He has been seen on Fox's Glee, ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars and most recently online as the new "Best Buy Guy".

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