About Me

Cinematographer. Filmmaker. Storyteller. 

Melissa Jane Kielbus is a Deaf filmmaker that has been everywhere in the United States.


She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts for Film and a Bachelor of Science for Psychology with a minor in Deaf Cultural Studies. She has also obtained a Performing Arts certificate from the NTID department. An avid cinematographer, she is licensed to film underwater with the PADI underwater videography certification.

She is currently working as the Digital Media Director for Copper & Water, LLC. She also does freelance work, doing projects with several different companies and start-up businesses on the side.​

For more information feel free to reach out to MJ.





Shanghai International Deaf Film Festival


Deaf Film Festival

Clin d'Oeil Festival 2019

The Pastman was officially selected to screen at this prestigious international Deaf festival.

Other Worlds Austin Film Festival 2018

The Pastman was officially selected to screen at this local festival in Texas.

Best Actress Award 2018

The Pastman's main actress, Sandra Mae Frank, won best actress in the Shanghai International Deaf Film Festival.