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Beware La Barracuda
A murder ballad comes to life in this Austin thriller
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...British actor Sophie Reid (Game of Thrones, Disney's upcoming Beauty and the Beast) was cast from a pool of over 500 candidates for the main role. In La Barracuda, Sinaloa strolls into Austin, not unlike a character from the centuries-old murder ballads she hauntingly croons over a campfire with a beat-up guitar..."

Levitation Review: La Luz, Omni
Sinister, jarring – just another afternoon psych fest pairing
DAILY Music  April 29, 2018, by Libby Webster
"...Levitation’s sweltering, sold-out Saturday afternoon at Barracuda didn’t know what it wanted to be. Ping-ponging between both genre and stages – garage rock, psych-prog, and bat-shit freak-punk – it wasn’t until Omni and La Luz that the afternoon clicked...."

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...."

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..."

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...."

Ones to Watch
A new year, a new batch of filmmakers
Screens Story  January 7, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...Both agree that since Now, Forager, "we have had the positive momentum" to develop their next feature, La Barracuda. Cortlund calls it "a suspense film set in Austin and the Hill Country about two half-sisters (both daughters of a dead singer-songwriter) meeting for the first time." To top it off, legendary filmmaker Bruce Beresford has signed on as their executive producer..."

Hot Luck Review: Blackillac
Dynamic rap duo ready for prime time
DAILY Music  May 27, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...I came to Barracuda hungry. Given that Saturday night’s Blackillac appearance was programmed as part of the culinary carousal known as Hot Luck, “Playback” banked on munching on some innovative snacks, but there was nary a kabob, taco, or slider in sight..."

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!..."

99 Luftballons (International Acts at SXSW Music)
South by Southwest by way of Sudan, Scotland, Colombia, and more
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...Mon. 12, Barracuda, 10pm; Wed..."

Recommended Shows for Levitation Weekend
The sounds may be scattered all over Austin, but here are a few must-see performances
Music Story  April 26, 2018, by Greg Beets, Kevin Curtin, Clara Wang, Rachel Rascoe, Libby Webster, Michael Toland, Christina Garcia and Alejandra Ramirez
"...VuelvetelocaFri. 27, Barracuda, 10:30pm With 2017's Sonora, Santiago's Vuelveteloca join fellow travelers Föllakzoid and the Holydrug Couple in the upper tier of Chile's fertile psych pantheon..."

SXSW Music: Ruled by Women
10 from indie rock’s new fem-led gen
Music Story  March 8, 2018, by Rachel Rascoe
"...Tue. 13, Barracuda Backyard, 7:45pm; Wed..."

Live Music to See This Weekend
Your cheat sheet for three days of fun
DAILY Music  July 28, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...Barracuda Sat., July 29, 9pm..."

The Gay Place Guide to a Kweer SX 2017
SXSW: Another year queerer
DAILY The Gay Place  March 3, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Cherry Glazerr – 11:50pm, Barracuda, badge/wristband required...."

Terror Fest Picks
Music Story  June 14, 2018, by Kevin Curtin, Raoul Hernandez, Clara Wang and Christina Garcia
"...CoughSat. 16, Barracuda in, 11:45pm A dozen years in, consider this Richmond, Va., sledgehammer extreme metal's Lynyrd Skynyrd..."

Levitation 2018
PHOTO GALLERY  April 30, 2018
"...Oh Sees at Barracuda..."

Levitation Grids Announced
Psych fest’s return comes into full focus
DAILY Music  February 7, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Effectively, fest headliners are garage rock giant Ty Segall (at Stubb’s Thu. and Barracuda Fri.), UK doom metal rarity Electric Wizard (Fri., Stubb’s), shoegaze heroes Slowdive (Sat., Stubb’s), industrial crushers Ministry (Sat., Emo’s), psych punks Oh Sees (Sat..."

Friday SXSW Sleepers
Music Story  March 17, 2016
"...GYMSHORTS9pm, Barracuda Backyard Doesn't take a lot of time to tell people how much you don't give a fuck. Self-described as "stonerpunk," Providence, Rhode Island's Gymshorts knock out brief, brash songs, equal parts bratty and punk ("Hey Parents!" refrains "I just wanna be bad!")..."

Wednesday SXSW Picks
Music Story  March 17, 2016
"...Shannon & The Clams 1am, Barracuda Backyard Centered on the husky vocals and bass work of Hunx & His Punx member Shannon Shaw, these Clams drop demented sock-hop rock à la Ed Wood's never-lensed worst film. Fragments of Fifties rock, Sixties girl groups, and Seventies punk rock blend the Shangri-Las, 13th Floor Elevators, Jimmy Clanton, Dusty Springfield, and the Ramones..."

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