Billy Corgan has just released his new, much-talked-about silent film Pillbox. The highly-visual moving picture, set to the music of the singer’s recently-released solo album Ogilala, is now streaming for free on YouTube.
Pillbox was written and conceived by Corgan. The film, inspired by a hero’s journey, was co-directed by the Smashing Pumpkins frontman alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry and stars Harry Holmes, Anna Steers, Rai Quartley, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Amelya Hensley, Paul Seroka & Ike Catcher.
“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 said of the album and companion film. “Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself.”
Corgan gave fans a first look at his new ethereal silent film back in September upon releasing the music video for the Ogilala track “The Spaniards.” (You can watch it here.) He later released a pretty cool virtual reality video for the album’s lead single “Aeronaut,” prior to the LP’s official release on Oct. 13.
Ogilala was produced by Rick Rubin and released via BMG. Corgan recently hit the road in support of the album, during which he delivered a dazzling performance in his hometown of Chicago amidst a two-night run at the Athenaeum Theatre.