Smashing Pumpkins frontman and acclaimed singer-songwriter, William Patrick Corgan is about to release his solo LP Ogilala, which is set to be released just around the corner. Corgan is not only releasing an album, he is about to release a new silent film called Pillbox to accompany it. The film will be set to the music from his forthcoming Rick Rubin produced solo album which is slated to be released October 13th.
According to Corgan, “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,” shared Corgan on the film’s connection to his new album.”
A one minute trailer for the film which is set during World War 1 was released today that depicts in black and white footage, a soldier getting married. After exchanging vows, he is shipped off to fight and he is seen charging towards enemy fire. Amid newsreels, the teaser switches gears where in color footage that depicts something of an alternate universe. Here, warriors in face paint fight while the soldier gets his blindfold taken away by a child who leads him into the sun. Throughout these colorless and yet bright images, Corgan is heard singing, “Life keeps running faster than your stars/And Cain isn’t able to build a superstar.”
Pillbox, which is written and directed by Corgan alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry, is inspired by a hero’s journey. It stars Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley, and Ike Catcher.
Today, Corgan also revealed that the film will have four intimate screenings in select theaters in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Fans will have to wait to buy tickets for these screenings until this Friday, September 22nd at 11:00am. Tickets will be available to purchase here and those in attendance will receive a limited edition movie poster for Pillbox.
October 5 – London, UK. Royal Society of Arts *
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA. Los Feliz Theatre +
October 11 – Chicago, IL. Music Box Theatre #
October 12 – New York, NY. Tribeca Screening Room #
*Appearance by Corgan
#Appearances by Corgan and co-director, Linda Strawberry
+Appearances by co-director, Linda Strawberry and select cast members
Starting next month, Corgan will hit the road for his solo acoustic North American tour. The show will kick off on October 14th in Brooklyn, NY and will end on November 12th in Los Angeles, Ca with a four night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This special four night event will see Corgan on stage performing songs not only from his new album, Ogilala but also showcase his entire discography from his early days through his time as the lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins as well as beyond. Check out the complete list of tour dates as well as information regarding tickets here.
William Patrick Corgan North American Tour Dates:
October 14- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
October 15- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
October 18- Wilmington, DE. Grand Opera House
October 20- Toronto, ON. Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 24- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
October 25- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
October 27- Nashville, TN. CMA Theater
October 29 – Boulder, CO. Boulder Theater
November 1- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
November 2- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
November 9- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 10- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 11- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 12 – Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery