The Show Starts at Dark, Steven Middleton’s latest documentary, will be shown at the Rivers Edge International Film Festival.

While driving through Whitesburg, Ky with his band, The New Beckham County Ramblers, Middleton noticed an abandoned drive-in theater, which sparked the idea for a new documentary.

“I always like to say there’s nothing more sad than an empty bird cage,” said Middleton, an instructor of mass communications at Morehead State University. “An abandoned drive in theater is pretty lonesome, and I thought ‘Wow, how many drive ins are left.’”

The film festival will take place in Paducah, Ky. from November 12 through November 15. His film will be on display with documentaries that were created around the world.

“I love it because you meet people from all over the world and you’re not in a super large city. There’s a lot of like-minded people at this festival,” said Middleton.

Middleton has been making documentaries for nearly 14 years, most sharing the common topic of rituals and events unique in Appalachia. Previous documentaries have focused on death and dying rituals, the history of MSU, tobacco farming and unique attractions in Kentucky. His films have been shown in Nepal, China and Sri Lanka.

“Early on when I thought I was going to make a film that was going to change people somehow quickly realized that’s not the case and that you’d have one or two fans out there that will enjoy and like it,” said Middleton.