Best Narrative Feature

The Incoherents

Bruce Flansburgh is a bored, 40-something New York paralegal who hasn’t let go of his dream of rock stardom. While slogging through what’s become an increasingly unbearable day to day existence, it dawns on him that the successful reunions of bands like the Pixies, Soundgarden and other alternatives/indie rock groups from the late 80’s- the early ’90s could perhaps inspire his former group of that time, The Incoherents (no, you haven’t heard of them), to reform. Reminiscent of Jake and Elwood Blues as they embarked “on a mission from God”, it becomes Bruce’s singular quest to get the old lineup back together… the same lineup he quit on for fear of never making it.


Bruce must also appease the desires of his wife Liz, herself desperate to break out of the life of a homemaker and reignite their stagnant marriage. As Bruce struggles mightily to maintain a modicum of normality in his troubled work and home life, The Incoherents brush the dust off and struggle to find the old magic as the band battles for relevancy amongst a new wave of younger acts in a greatly changed musical landscape.


Populated by an eclectic cross-section of New York City characters, “The Incoherents” comically touches upon relationships, aging, dreams, and reality wrapped in a love letter to the continuing lure and thrill of Rock ‘n’ Roll.




Jared Barel


Jared Barel, Jeff Auer, Jordan Barel, Alex Emanuel, and Charles Kirby


1 hour 48 minutes 54 seconds