Sean Garrity’s Blood Pressure rises on Toronto, Calgary screens

The psychological drama has been held over for a fourth week in Toronto, and for a second week in Calgary.
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Sean Garrity’s latest indie feature, Blood Pressure, has been held over for a fourth week on Toronto screens during its theatrical release.

The psychological drama has also been held over in Calgary for another week, after opening with two screenings at the Plaza Cinema Mar. 30. It will screen nightly at 9 p.m. for another week.

Garrity, who is also a producer and writer on the psychological thriller, is distributing the picture independently.

Blood Pressure opened in Toronto at The Royal theatre on Mar. 15, and was moved to the Carlton on Mar. 22, where it was held over and it is now scheduled for a fourth week of screenings starting Apr. 5. It will also expand to The Kingsway Theatre, starting Apr. 5.

In Winnipeg, Blood Pressure opened Feb. 22 with sold out screenings at indie theatre Cinematheque. That led to larger exhibitor Empire Cinemas in Grant Park scooping it up for a run starting Mar. 8.

The film has averaged $3000 per screen in Toronto and Winnipeg, according to numbers provided by Flying Horsie Films.

“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been very validating. This is the widest theatrical release any of my films have ever seen, with a total of fourteen cities planned between our February premiere and the end of spring. And this is the first time any of my films have been held over in Toronto for four weeks (and counting!),” said Garrity in a statement.

Blood Pressure stars Michelle Giroux (Flashpoint, The L.A. Complex) as a pharmacist who is unhappy in the current state of her life and marriage. She one day receives a letter from an anonymous observer who sees her “potential” and has a plan that can change her life, if she’s interested. She begins to pursue the relationship with tumultuous and threatening consequences.

The film also stars Judah Katz, Tatiana Maslany, Jake Epstein and Jonas Chernick, who wrote, produced and starred in Garrity’s other recent feature, My Awkward Sexual Adventure.

Blood Pressure is exec produced by Jan Krizen and Richard Murave, and based on the short story by Bill Fugler, who co-wrote the script with Garrity. Matthew Miller is also on board as producer.

Blood Pressure will next screen at the Beijing International Film Festival. Mongrel Media is handling rights for all other Canadian platforms.