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Billy Corgan Made A Silent Film, & He's Taking It On The Road

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 20, 2017 8:28PM

Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan—whoops, pardon us—William Patrick Corgan apparently has a restless creative mind these days. Corgan revealed today that he has co-directed a silent film, which is soundtracked by his upcoming, Rick Rubin-produced solo record, Ogilala—and he'll be hitting the road to screen it.

Corgan and co-director Linda Strawberry will be on hand for a special screening of the film, titled Pillbox, at the Music Box Theatre, on Oct. 11.

Judging by trailer (which you can check out above), Pillbox trippily mixes historical footage with silent-era-esque stylization and set designs, and even a little bit of fight choreography. Here's how he describes it: "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. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself."

Here's the full slate of U.S. screenings:
Oct. 9 - Los Angeles, CA. Los Feliz Theatre (appearances by Strawberry and select cast members)
Oct. 11 - Chicago, IL. Music Box Theatre (appearances by Corgan and Strawberry)
Oct. 12 - New York, NY. Tribeca Screening Room (appearances by Corgan and Strawberry)

Announced last month, Ogilala, Corgan's second solo album, will arrive on Oct. 13, under his given name, William Patrick Corgan. His his first solo LP was 2005's TheFutureEmbrace.

The previously announced solo tour will bring him to Chicago (Oct. 24 and 25 in Chicago, IL at Athenaeum Theatre).