Dates set, director selected for Carmel’s first film festival


The Carmel City Council’s first meeting of the decade was a quick one, with the agenda mostly covering administrative tasks. The council also received its first official update on the film and music festival planned for May 2021.

What happened: Carmel Director of Community Relations and Economic Development Nancy Heck provided her first official update to the council on a film and music festival set to debut in 2021.

What it means: Heck said the festival is planned for May 14 to 22, 2021, and that Dubbie Buckler will be the executive director. Board members are Ron Carter, a former city councilor; Rob Bush, the founder and recently retired CEO of Orchard Software; and Miriam Dant, an attorney who is president of Dant Advocacy.

What’s next: The board is working to schedule its first meeting.


What happened: The council elected its officers for 2020.

What it means: Laura Campbell will serve as president, with Sue Finkam serving as vice president and parliamentarian. Kevin “Woody” Rider will serve as chaplain.

What’s next: The terms will last through the end of the year.


What happened: The council made appointments to several boards and commissions.

What it means: Appointments include Deborah Schmidt to the Carmel City Center Community Development Corporation, Jeff Worrell and Dave Bowers to the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, Cheryl Smolecki to the Carmel Ethics Board, Arnie Hanish to the Carmel Audit Committee, Jim Hawkins to the Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals, Kevin “Woody” Rider to the Carmel Plan Commission and Tim Paramore, Jimmy Kennedy, Wendy Kiefel and Laura Campbell to the Carmel Advisory Committee on Disability.

What’s next: The council is expected to make appointments to the Carmel Economic Development Commission and Carmel Public Art Advisory Committee at its next meeting.


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