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Double Trouble: James Fotopoulos & Julia Halperin
Christabel (2002), by avant-garde bad boy James Fotopoulos, alternates between 16mm and video projection to spin a web of dreams inspired by the poem by Samuel Coleridge. Fotopoulos' feature-length narrative...
Film Review  November 5, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Julia Halperin and James Fotopoulos. Christabel (2002), by avant-garde bad boy James Fotopoulos, alternates between 16mm and video projection to spin a web of dreams inspired by the poem by Samuel Coleridge..."

Austin vibes meet darker skies
Film Review  October 13, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...Directed by: Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin. Starring: Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada, Tanner Beard, Larry Jack Dotson, Monique Straw and Angelo Dylen...."

Ones to Watch
A new year, a new batch of filmmakers
Screens Story  January 7, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...Certainly, this town has cultivated an ebb and flow of great talent from the Eagle Pennell days to the Linklater/Rodriguez era, yet with another year upon us, there's no doubt that a creative surge as big as any in the city's history looms. At the risk of leaving out innumerable individuals, here are a small few of the most promising filmmakers with local ties that you'll see riding the newest New Wave when it crests. Julia Halperin & Jason Cortlund..."

Foraging for an Audience
How two local filmmakers are reworking the indie formula
DAILY Screens  March 2, 2013, by Alejandro Puyana
"...The relationship at the heart of the first feature-length film by co-directors Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin – Now, Forager – is tough to watch. It’s sad and compelling, and it screams truth..."

IFP Gotham Awards Announced
Linklater, Zellners among Texans who score nods
DAILY Screens  October 18, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Richard Linklater and two filmmaking teams, David & Nathan Zellner and Julia Halperin & Jason Cortlund, all received nods for their 2012 work. Linklater's Bernie scored nominations for Best Feature and Best Ensemble Performance..."

Beware La Barracuda
A murder ballad comes to life in this Austin thriller
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...Music legacies run deep in this town, and local filmmaking duo Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund (Now, Forager) knew the only way to cast the perfect choice for their lead meant hiring a legitimate musician, regardless of her origin. "We're Austin filmmakers, and we wanted to bring Austin musicians into the project, so we fought really hard to make sure anyone we cast in that role could really sing and play guitar," says co-director and writer Jason Cortlund...."

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...She's joined on the roster by two more familiar faces: directing duo Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, who bring their follow-up to Now, Forager, the Austin-set music drama La Barracuda...."

Finding Our Way
How foraging is changing the local food system
Food Story  February 4, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...Some industrious Austinites are earning income by providing uncommon plants to the city's top restaurants. Cortlund, who with his partner, Julia Halperin, co-directed the mushroom-hunter drama Now, Forager in 2012, has been picking and gleaning in Austin for more than a decade..."

AFS Grants Announced
$115,000 awarded to filmmakers
DAILY Screens  September 2, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...La Barracuda D: Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin (Austin)
 AFS Grant Award: $2,500
 A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family's outlaw music legacy, one way or another...."

Artist Intensive Unveiled
AFS program fosters creative hookups
Screens Story  June 5, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...They are Karen Skloss (who directed Sunshine, and edited many award-winning works) and Jay Tonne Jr. for their project The Honor Farm; Stephen Belyeu (director of Dig) and Gregory Day (assistant director of Dig) for The Father, and Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund (who previously made the much praised film Now, Forager) for La Barracuda...."

Film at Fusebox Festival
Screens Story  April 27, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...A collaboration between Cinemad and Rooftop Films, the collection features planetary musings from the likes of Kelly Sears, Bill Brown, and Mike Plante, while local actor John Merriman headlines the five-minute-long "Neptune Calling," in which Neptune, trident in hand, prank calls the other planets. And Now, Forager, from Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, gets a hometown viewing on May 1; the romantic drama about wild mushroom gatherers previously screened at New Directors/New Films and the Rotterdam International Film Festival..."

Royal Pair: Games We Play
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's latest offering, Royal Pair: Games We Play, offered abstracted versions of popular children's games with subtle humor and playfulness, yet the production's lighting and electronica-style accompaniment conflicted with the choreography in what seemed a friendly battle, for center stage.
Arts Review  May 11, 2001, by Dawn Davis Loring
"...The inspiration for Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's latest offering, Royal Pair: Games We Play, sprang from a quote from Cyrano de Bergerac ("No more wonder than getting a royal pair in a hundred casts of the dice"), Hamrick leash-training her dog, and the structure of games. A video introduction by Julia Halperin visually juxtaposed kids playing tag and red light/green light against snippets of dancers abstracting the movement in rehearsal and Hamrick running with her dog -- or should I say, her dog running with Hamrick holding on for dear life..."

Austin Filmmakers Return to Horror
Karen Skloss, Owen Egerton, and Don Swaynos talk terror
Screens Story  June 29, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...As recently as this year's SXSW, Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund's beautifully savage La Barracuda and Karen Skloss' psychotropic prom-gone-wrong flick The Honor Farm led this charge. Neither film adheres to a strict template of Tobe Hooper-like gore, offering instead modernist visions of a vicious – and quite particularly Texan – landscape..."

Film News
As Perry proposes $20 million for incentives in budget, two major productions open up shop in Austin
Screens Column  February 16, 2007, by Joe O'Connell
"...This Sunday middle and high school teachers can see for free his documentary, Nobelity, aimed at exploring the world's problems. Showings are at 5 and 8pm at the Arbor… "Interstate: Part I," a short by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund is included in the latest Journal of Short Film, a quarterly DVD of exceptional shorts… Harrison Witt's short film, "Chickenfüt," about a paranormal clucker, is slated for the San Francisco Independent Film Festival this Sunday..."

Cinematexas Award Winners
Screens Story  October 3, 1997
"...Helen Lee ($200 check from the RTF Staff Fund; $300 gift certificate from the University Co-op Photo Department, Austin, TX) Best Cinematography: Helen Lee, for Texas Pawn, dir. Julia Halperin ($1,000 raw stock from Eastman Kodak) Best Editing: Tassos Rigopoulos, editor and director of Texas and the Death Penalty ($200 check from the RTF Staff Fund) Best Screenplay: Joe Ambrosavage, writer and director of The Clock ($450-value full pass to the 1997 Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference; critique by a William Morris agent on the winner's next feature-length screenplay) Best Actor: Jay Sefton, The Clock ($200 gift certificate from Stage and Screen Beauty Supply) Audience Award: The Clock, dir..."

Macon Blair Feels at Home in Austin
First-time director wins critics’ applause
Screens Story  January 11, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Last December the AFCA members whittled down a record-setting list of 25 features released by Austin directors in 2017 to five finalists. On it, the Virginia-born Blair vied with established talents including four-time winner Richard Linklater for Last Flag Flying; local indie fixture Bob Byington's black comedy Infinity Baby; another Austin transplant, Ric Roman Waugh, for tense prison drama Shot Caller; and Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, with twisting music drama Barracuda..."

I Don't Feel at Home Wins Best Austin Film
Macon Blair's debut lauded by Austin Film Critics Association
DAILY Screens  December 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...• Barracuda (D: Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin) • Infinity Baby (D: Bob Byington) • Last Flag Flying (D: Richard Linklater) • Shot Caller (D: Ric Roman Waugh)..."

Experimental Response Cinema Rises to the Surface
Avant-gardians of Austin’s underground films
Screens Story  August 18, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...When the Experimental Response Cinema collective held its first screenings in 2012, the curators involved reignited a cultural movement that had by that time abandoned all but the most obscure venues in the city. For decades, there has been a dearth of gifted local experimental filmmakers, from Ed Lowry and David Boone, to Bill Daniel, to Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin; but while Austin has supported many of these artists, their underground films are more typically screened in backyards and galleries rather than in theatres..."

Alphabet Soup: aGLIFF, IFP, and Other Announcements
Announcements from aGLIFF, Austin represents at the IFP, and more
DAILY Screens  July 25, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The showcase offers berths to projects in various stages of development, the common denominator being that they are independent productions. All That We Love, written by Pit Stop’s Yen Tan and Wuss’ Clay Liford and directed by Tan, has the following logline: “The death of a beloved pet compels a middle-aged man to examine the fragility of his present relationships.” The co-directors of Now, Forager, Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, will present their next project, La Barracuda, which is being executive-produced by Bruce Beresford..."

Film Flam
Machete, Muppets, and more
DAILY Screens  September 20, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...• David Hartstein, who directed Along Came Kinky… and was a producer on The Happy Poet, wrote this week to let us know he'd been accepted, along with directors Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin (Now, Forager), to Biennale College, a cinema lab program in Venice that workshops a dozen projects before picking three to fund and premiere at next year's Venice Film Festival. The trio's new project is La Barracuda, which Hartstein describes as "a Texas Hill Country thriller in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith with deep roots in the music of the region." Good luck, gang!..."

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