A Middletown police sergeant kept onlookers at a distance, but plenty of residents were snapping photos.
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Howard is directing the film adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” that was written by J.D. Vance about growing up in Middletown and in Jackson, Ky. The memoir was a bestseller released in 2016.
The Middletown Visitors Bureau sent the Academy Award-winning director a video touting Middletown.
Howard has visited Middletown in the past few months as part of his preparations to direct and produce the $45 million Netflix movie. In March, Howard stopped by Triple Moon and donned a hat and posed for photos with employees.