92130 resident Sariann Monaco and Del Mar resident Sue Vicory have teamed up to create the film Absent. Absent, which is about a mother from New Jersey dealing with the loss of her child, was written by Sariann and directed by Sue. The film is based off true incidents and circumstances of the murder of a 12-year-old child and tells an inspirational story of loss and hope. Shot entirely in both Carmel Valley and Del Mar, the film’s script went to screen in a little over three months. Heartland Films, Inc., a 501(c)(3) production company based in both Carmel Valley and Del Mar, is the producing partner. The company was created by Sue in 2003 to produce films that educate, raise awareness, and inspire. The film was selected out of 130 entries by the 2014 Film Consortium San Diego Fall Film Festival and premiered in November. Absent has also been submitted into the Slamdance Film Festival and has received an invitation for the 2015 Telly Awards contention. For more information about the film visit www.facebook.com/absentthefilm.