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10-year-old award-winning film critic Perry Chen dazzled audience at TEDxRedmond conference, making many new friends

Published on: 20th September, 2010

Perry Chen speaking @ TEDxRedmond, rating movies with starfish, 9-18-10 (photo by Zhu Shen)

10-year-old award-winning film/entertainment critic & animator Perry Chen had a “Perrific” weekend Sep 17-19, speaking at the first TEDx conference organized by kids, for kids, featuring all amazingly high-achieving kids speakers and performers from around the country at Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, on Sat, Sep 18, from 2 to 8 pm PST with LIVE webcast for people from around the world to watch.

In his speech “For the Love of Movies,” Perry dazzled over 700 conference attendees with his humor and insight, and shared his important lessons learned through his journey as a film critic and now budding filmmaker and animator.  The room roared with laughter and cheers.

TEDxRedmond attendees

Perry enjoyed quite a few media interviews, including with TEDxRedmond media sponsor AOL:

Perry Chen interviewed by AOL (photo by Zhu Shen)

Amazing Kids (TEDxRedmond media partner) interview: (edited by Jack Olmsted)

Perry Chen interviewed by Amazing Kids (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen interviewed by Microsoft's Stefan Weitz (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen interviewed by Bob Sprankle (speaker Zoe Sprankle's father)

Perry enjoyed meeting other amazing speakers and performers at TEDxRedmond and their parents.  This is truly an experience of a lifetime! The speakers include a teen entrepreneur Jason O’Neill, an artist and environmental activist Olivia Bouler, an anti-bullying crusader Brigitte Berman, a race car driver Zack Veach, a tribal interpreter Cayle Diefenbach, an environmentalist Alec Loorz, a mountaineer Jordan Romero, cancer research fundraiser The Pink Polka Dots Guild, Student activists Madison Razo and the Ganesan sisters.  Musicians and performing artists Zoe Sprankle, Simone Porter, Noah Andrade, Oliver Aldort, and Adrianna Svitak added beauty and color with their performances.

Many new fans came to talk to Perry and asked for autographs and took photos with Perry, some read his movie reviews before attending TEDxRedmond.

Perry Chen with TEDxRedmond speakers & performers (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with Adora (middle) & Adrianna Svitak (right) @ speakers dinner

Conrad Lee (Bellevue Deputy Mayor), Joyce Svitak, Zhu Shen (Perry's mom), Adora Svitak, Adrianna Svitak, Perry Chen, Lily & King Lee (Herald Monthly reporter) at speaker dinner

Perry Chen with fellow speaker Olivia Bouler & her bird drawing, a gift to Perry (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with fellow speaker Jessica Markowitz

Perry Chen with fellow speaker Madison Razo

Perry Chen with fellow speaker Zach Veach

Perry Chen with Jenn Strutzel and Chelsea Loftis from TEDxRedmond sponsor Bing (Microsoft)

James Bouler (Olivia's dad), Jane Berman (Brigitte's mom), Bob Sprankle (Zoe's dad), and Zhu Shen (Perry's mom) at speaker dinner

Perry Chen signing autograph for fan @ TEDxRedmond

Perry Chen with new fans @ TEDxRedmond (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen thumb up for pre TEDxRedmond breakfast @ Marriott (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen self intro @ speakers dinner (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen dancing with umbrella before TEDxRedmond (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with Alaska Airlines flight attendants Teri and Eric, Sep 17, 2010 (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry and his mom Zhu Shen took Alaska Airlines flight 483 from San Diego to Seattle on Sep 17, 2010, and met two wonderful flight attendants Teri and Eric, see photo above, who helped to get two seats together for Perry and Zhu.  They were happy to hear about Perry’s TEDxRedmond speech.  We want to thank them again for their kindness and wonderful service, and also thank passenger Mary who exchanged her seat with Perry.

Perry and mom had the most inspiring experience at TEDxRedmond, thanks to the tremendous efforts by host and organizer Adora Svitak, her parents, many sponsors and volunteers, and the exceptional contribution by all speakers and performers, who jointly made TEDxRedmond an unforgettable experience.  We look forward to partnering and connecting with fellow speakers, parents, and attendees alike and continue to spread new ideas.


Perry S. Chen is a 10-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker,  filmmaker and animator.  He is the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine and is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood.

Perry started writing movie reviews using his unique kids-friendly starfish rating system on his website ( ) as an 8-year-old third grader at San Diego’s Torrey Hills Elementary School from the Del Mar Union School District.

Perry became a national sensation when he debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in May 2009 as the youngest film critic in the country.  He was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen in March 2010, and has reviewed over 30 movies and DVDs on a multi-media platform: TV, radio, print, and web.  He is the youngest member of the Asian American Journalist Association, the San Diego Press Club, the youngest blogger on Animation World Network, and the youngest honoree of Cox Communication Channel 4’s annul Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Perry reviews films on a starfish rating system, 5 being the best.  His reviews are available on his website:

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