Meet the Staff

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Mike Suglio

Executive Director/Director of Programming

Mike Suglio is a Cleveland native and filmmaker himself.  After graduating from Mentor High he attended Case Western Reserve University where he studied theatre, political science, and psychology as an undergrad and then continued on to receive his M.B.A.

During his time at CWRU, Mike directed a feature length documentary, The Struggle for Existence, a film that explores how the Cleveland Natural History Museum and the Creation Museum approach science.  He continued on to direct several other short films, including his most recent, A Tribute to the Fallen, which was shot on location in Negros Oriental, Philippines.  Mike Suglio is now in post-production on a feature documentary on Cleveland's beer brewing history.

As a filmmaker he loves sharing his films with others and is extremely happy to provide an opportunity for other filmmakers to share their films to the Cleveland community.  Mike Suglio is also a professor at the School of Film & Media Arts at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and Case Western Reserve University. He is also on the Board of Directors of Independent Pictures.

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Rhys Campanella

Director of Operations

Transplanted from a small town in Pennsylvania to the city of Cleveland, Rhys received his BA in Film Studies, a course of study he designed himself,  from Case Western Reserve University in 2016. He also completed a month long filmmaking workshop in New York City at the New York Film Academy in 2014. A life-long lover of literature, Rhys initially became interested in filmmaking with the intention of creating screen adaptations of books that better represented how he read them, though his view of the relationship between film and literature has since changed greatly. Rhys is currently a filmmaker, having worked on a number of small projects in Cleveland with friends and having created a few of his own short films including Cold Coffee which made its public debut at the Short. Sweet. Film Fest. in 2015. He also is a film blogger, focusing largely on queer representation in media, on his website rebekahcampfilms.com. Rhys has been under the tutelage of Mike Suglio since shortly after the moment he set foot in Cleveland and he is so excited to be able to work and grow with this festival and the incredible artists who take part in it.

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Rhys Campanella

Short. Sweet. Film Competition. Manager

Alicia Spurlock is an actress, model, and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. You can find her music on any streaming platform. Her favorite color is pink. Alicia has a white cat named Lucy. She loves Dunkin’ Donuts and is an avid Barbie collector. She has won best supporting actress at the 48 Hour Film Project twice. Alicia plans to continue acting and see where life takes her.

 

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Megan Michalak

Selection Committee Manager

A graduate of Cleveland State University with a B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts, Megan started as an intern with the Short. Sweet. Film Fest. While she enjoys her time reviewing the submissions (Especially in the Experimental, LGBTQ+ and Comedy categories), she also enjoys working in the art departments of films. In her free time she likes to listen to music from her favorite band Lovejoy, embroider, and Cosplay from her favorite shows.

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Noah Bailey

Selection Committee Coordinator

From Westerville, Ohio, Noah graduated from Cleveland State University with a B.F.A in film and Media arts. From starting as an intern with Short. Sweet. Film Fest. Noah reviewed various submissions, favorably in the horror, comedy, and drama categories. In his free time, Noah likes to edit videos, play horror games, and watch animated shows and movies.

 

Andi Barnett

Andi Barnett

Manager of Public Relations

Andi Barnett fell in love with the film world after a Screen Queensland internship in Australia (promoting movies, not creating them). She's worked two international film festivals in Australia, the Tribeca Film Festival and several consecutive years of the Cleveland International Film Festival. Though movies are a passion, publicity is her game...as a freelance and full-time publicist since 2013. She's thrilled to join Short.Sweet.Film.Fest. for another year of securing news coverage, helping spread recognition for fine short films created locally and abroad.

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Laine Seliga

Graphic Designer

Laine is honored to have been part of Short Sweet Film Fest since the beginning. As a long-time friend, she designs the promotional art for SSFF, including shirts, pint glasses, stickers, and some social media illustrations. Rumors state that sometimes she has been spotted playing guitar for the festival’s networking parties. Her interest in design is a passionate outlet for her career as an academic and she is excited to see how her own artistic vision can grow alongside the forward-thinking creativity of the Short Sweet staff!

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Tyler Hoffman

Digital Solutions Consultant

Tyler Hoffman is a Cleveland-based digital solutions consultant, who manages the Short. Sweet. Film Fest website. He holds a bachelor's degree in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, and he is certified in process improvement, global health and change management. Tyler’s people-focused approach to technology is retained by a range of clients including the National Benevolent Association, Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, and the FLEX Program at the CWRU School of Medicine.

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Andrew Ahlgren

Director of Virtual Reality

Andrew C. Ahlgren is a Student at Cleveland State University. after spending several years working in IT he decided to go back to school in order to pursue his goals of working in film. In the past few years, Andrew has produced, directed, and edited several short films. In his free time, Andrew likes to swim, watch movies and play games.