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"American Experience" The Amish: Shunned (2014)

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Original Air Date:
4 February 2014 (Season 25, Episode 6)
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 (Episode Cast)

Bart Fletcher ... Dylan O' Grady

Episode Crew
Directed by
Callie T. Wiser 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Callie T. Wiser 

Produced by
Susan Bellows .... series producer
Pamela Gaudiano .... associate producer
Sharon Grimberg .... executive producer
Molly Jacobs .... producer
Laura Longsworth .... field producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Mark Samels .... executive producer
Callie T. Wiser .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Bensi 
Saunder Jurriaans 
Cinematography by
Tim Cragg 
Jason Longo 
Ed Marritz 
Film Editing by
Rachel Clark 
Glenn Fukushima 
Production Management
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production manager
Nancy Sherman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Belton .... additional director
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Bores .... sound
Mario Cardenas .... sound
John Chiarolanzio .... foley artist
Peter Deutscher .... sound recordist
John D. Gooch .... sound mixer
Steve Guercio .... sound
Mark Mandler .... sound mixer
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
Andy Turrett .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Feldman .... additional camera operator
Stephen McCarthy .... additional camera operator
Allen Moore .... additional camera operator
Kat Patterson .... additional camera operator
Thorsten Thielow .... additional camera operator
Animation Department
Alisa Placas Frutman .... animator (as Alisa Placas)
Aaron Nee .... animator
Editorial Department
Elliott Choi .... assistant editor
Spencer Gentry .... post-production
John Jenkins-Stark .... post-production
James MacDonald .... assistant editor
Karl Tacheron .... on-line editor
Don Wyllie .... colorist
Music Department
Chase Deso .... assistant composer
Joel Goodman .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Katharine Duffy .... special projects assistant
Jan Edwards .... archival material
Susana Fernandes .... project administration
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Janice Flood .... legal
Saloma Furlong .... archival material
Jeanne Haffner .... researcher
John Ives .... legal affairs
Scott Kardel .... legal
Joe Keim .... archival material
Johanna Kovitz .... transcriptor
Naomi Kramer .... archival material
Mary Lugo .... publicist
Jonathan McConnell .... production intern
Julianna Newmeyer .... production secretary
Lauren Noyes .... project administration
Chika Offurum .... accountant
Jan Pechacek .... location production assistant
Lauren Prestileo .... publicist
Baldev Sandhu .... production intern
Cara White .... publicist
Helen Young .... accountant
Sarah Colt .... special thanks
Karen Johnson-Weiner .... special thanks
Chyld King .... special thanks
Donald B. Kraybill .... special thanks
Steven M. Nolt .... special thanks
Elizabeth Shea .... special thanks
Katie Troyer .... special thanks
David Weaver-Zercher .... special thanks
Mike Wiser .... special thanks

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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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Stark and somber...too much so., 12 May 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This documentary is about folks who have left the Amish and who have, as a result, become shunned. In other words, now that they no longer follow their church's teachings, their families act as if they are dead! The show consists of interviews with several ex- Amish* and many of the interviews are done without showing the actual person who you hear talking (due, most likely, because Amish believe it's wrong to be filmed).

This might just be one of the toughest episodes of "The American Experience" to watch. I've seen many dozen episodes and cannot recall one like this one. The problem is that the show is the most somber and stark one they have made...and it seems to go on and on and on (it's much longer than the 60 minutes listed on IMDb). Much of this is due to the subject matter and how depressed many of these ex-Amish seem. But I also think some life could have been infused into the show by inserting more incidental music, shortening many of the interviews and THINKING about how the viewer will be receiving the show and tailoring the show more to a LIVING audience!

Generally, I find myself giving the average "American Experience" show a score of 8 or 9....I love them. But this one is just too poorly made to make it all that enjoyable or useful. A dull and amazingly uninvolving presentation. Too bad, as I noticed much of the show was shot very close to my house--in Sarasota Florida.

*The term Amish is confusing as it can either refer to the Quakers (members of the Society of Friends) or Mennonites. In general, the Mennonites are less strict and are much less likely to shun anyone. I wish the show had made this more clear, as Mennonites get a bit of a black eye with this show.

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