Veteran Atlanta musician and eccentric Bruce Hampton has had a small handful of film and TV appearances in his career, most notably in the 1996 award winner Sling Blade. But in the new independent film Here Comes Rusty, Hampton takes the lead role of dog track owner Dicky St. Jon, who tries to save his business by making a bet with a shady used car salesman played by Fred Willard.
Hampton also gets to play music in the film, leading his character’s band Dicky and the Dinosaurs, which features 12-year-old guitar whiz Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.
The movie, which was shot in Mobile, Alabama last year and helmed by first-time feature director Tyler Russell, received its world premiere on April 3rd at the Buckhead Theatre during the Atlanta Film Festival, followed by a one-off performance by – yep – Dicky and the Dinosaurs. Now the filmmakers hope to secure further festival screenings and, eventually, a distributor.