by Julia Halperin & Jason Cortlund

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

A young British woman named Sinaloa hitchhikes deep into Texas to meet Merle, her half-sister by way of their dead country musician father. As the two women get to know each other, Sinaloa’s chaotic influence starts to unravel Merle’s stable life. While the family music legacy brought this stranger to town, darker motives are woven into the songs she sings.

Awards & Festivals

Cairo IFF


Allison Tolman (Merle)
Sophie Reid (Sinaloa)
JoBeth Williams (Patricia)
Luis Bordonada (Raul)

Director Bio

Directors Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin are based in Austin, Texas. Their feature Now, Forager premiered at IFF Rotterdam and New Directors/New Films. It received “Two Thumbs Up” from Roger Ebert and an IFP Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Director. Their follow-up (Barracuda) was developed with the Venice Biennale College-Cinema, IFP, CineMart, Austin Film Society, and a Yaddo residency.

Director Statement

As directors, we believe in letting characters drive our stories—in this case, three unique women who struggle to let go of some shared traumas. At its core, Barracuda is a story about the conflicting loyalties between mothers, daughters, and sisters. It’s about our own worst instincts to steer into the crash. And it’s about a deep, simmering female rage forcing its way to the surface.

Cast Bio

ALLISON TOLMAN trained at Baylor University and the Second City Conservatory in Chicago. She was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Awards on the Fargo TV series and appears in Krampus, The Gift, and Mad Dogs. She currently stars in ABC’s television comedy Downward Dog.

SOPHIE REID trained at the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland. She appears in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Game of Thrones, Doc Martin, and Further Ed

JOBETH WILLIAMS rose to prominence in films such as Kramer vs. Kramer, Stir Crazy, Poltergeist, and The Big Chill. A three-time Emmy Award nominee, her work in TV includes roles on Frasier, The Client, Dexter, and Private Practice.


Director: Julia Halperin & Jason Cortlund
Screenwriters: Jason Cortlund 
Producers: David Hartstein, Nancy Schafer
Executive Producer: Bruce Beresford,
Henry Alfano, Ian Bownell
Cinematographer: Jonathan Nastasi
Editor: Eva Claire
Production Designer: Diz Jeppe
Costume Designer: Laura Hamilton
Casting: Samy Burch & Vicky Boone
Sound Designer: Chris Keyland
Music Consultant/Original Songs: Colin Gilmore
Original Score: Chris Brokaw
Production Companies: Small Drama, Blue Suitcase Productions, Orka

Original Title: Barracuda / Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 _x000D_ Colour / 100’ / Audio 5.1 / English / USA 2017

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