Watch Billy Corgan’s Silent Film ‘Pillbox’ Set to Music from ‘Ogilala’
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan today (Nov. 28) released Pillbox, a silent film set to music from his recent new solo album, Ogilala. Inspired by a hero's journey, the film - which can be viewed above - was written by Corgan, and directed by the singer alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry.
"I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie," Corgan says in a statement on the film's connection to his new album. "Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself."
Pillbox is filled with trippy visuals, alternating between black and white clips reminiscent of the true silent film era, along with more modern fantasy based portions. The film is a Strawberry-Blank Assassin Production and stars Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley and Ike Catcher. Pillbox premiered last month with five intimate screenings in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Sydney. Now, you can watch the film in full in the player above.
Ogilala was released on Oct. 13, and was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, Calif. It presents Corgan's distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano and strings. The singer earlier this month released a standalone video for the record's lead single "Aeronaut."
Corgan also recently wrapped a North American solo acoustic tour in support of the album with a sold out four night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. These intimate performances saw Corgan perform songs from Ogilala, as well as a second set which spanned works from his earliest days through his years in the Smashing Pumpkins and beyond.
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