Year 2017
Runtime 98 mins

A mysterious woman appears in Texas to meet her unknown half-sister and learn about their long-dead father and his musical legacy.

Sinaloa, a young and mysterious British woman, comes to Texas to find Merle, her half-sister by way of their long-dead country musician father. It doesn’t take long for Sinaloa to charm her way into Merle’s life, and her singing awakens something in Merle and erases some of the lingering doubts about their shared bloodline. But an all-too-familiar chaos comes with it, which soon starts to unravel Merle’s stable world—her job, her upcoming marriage, and an already tense relationship with her mother, Patricia. And while the family music legacy brought this stranger to town, darker motives are woven into the songs she sings, showing glimpses of a violent rage that’s been building for years.

With outstanding performances from Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, and JoBeth Williams, BARRACUDA is the latest offering from directors Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, who previously collaborated on the award-winning NOW, FORAGER.


United States
Oak Cliff Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature
SXSW, Atlantic International Film Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival
Jason Cortlund / Julia Halperin
Executive Producer
Bruce Beresford
David Hartstein, Nancy Schafer
Jason Cortlund
Jonathan Nastasi
Production Design
Diz Jeppe
Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams