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10-yr-old Award-winning Celebrity Film Critic Perry Chen to Attend Oscar Night® America ~ San Diego Charity Event

Published on: 27th February, 2011

How to train your dragon co-directors Dean DeBlois (L) Chris Sanders (R) producer Bonnie Arnold (M) with Perry Chen at Annie Awards red carpet (photo by Zhu Shen)

10-yr-old Award-winning Celebrity Film Critic Perry Chen to Attend Oscar Night® America ~ San Diego Charity Event

Feb 24, 2011

For Immediate Release

10-year-old award-winning film critic, animator, and entertainment personality Perry Chen will be attending a special Oscar Night® America ~ San Diego event, as a celebrity guest with his mom and film producer Dr. Zhu Shen.  The charity event is organized by Community Campership Council, a children’s charity organization, the only organization sanctioned by the Academy to host this official Oscar Night®   event in San Diego. On Sunday, February 27, charities in 50 cities will host official Oscar® viewing parties during the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony as part of Oscar Night® America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ grassroots outreach program.

The Academy sanctions charities across the country to host celebratory viewing parties on Oscar® Night with proceeds directly benefiting the charities.  All parties will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation; many will integrate Hollywood-style party elements, including red carpet arrivals, local celebrities, “paparazzi” photographers, predict-the-winner contests and live entertainment.

Perry Chen at the Academy of Motion Pictures with tickets to Oscar-nom animation symposium (photo by Zhu Shen)

“We are very pleased to announce that Perry Chen will grace the red carpet as a special guest at this year’s Oscar Night®   America ~ San Diego event.  Of all the film critics we could have invited, Perry Chen is the most appropriate because of our focus on enriching the lives of San Diego youth.  Perry is a role model for his generation and has already accomplished more than many film critics twice his age.  Our guests will be participating in a Predict the Winner contest and Perry will be announcing his pick for the animated feature category. The mission of the Community Campership Council is to enrich the lives of San Diego youth and proceeds of the event will be used to send San Diego kids to camp.”

Perry Chen reporting LIVE at Oscar-nominated animation symposium at The Academy of Motion Pictures (photo by Zhu Shen)

“We had an enthusiastic turnout last year and were able to send 80 kids for a week at 24 San Diego area camps,” said Rob Sauvajot co-chair of the San Diego event. “We hope that being the sanctioned Oscar Night® America event will help us raise awareness about the importance of getting kids outdoors and help us raise enough to send twice as many kids to camp this year.”

Perry Chen interviewing Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich at the Academy (photo by Zhu Shen)

“Oscar Night® generates excitement all over the world. With the Academy’s help, our guests will feel like they are on the A-list,” quoted co-chair Jerry Hemme. “The Academy will provide our party guests the same official program distributed to guests at the Oscar® presentation at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The appearance of Perry Chen will add to the excitement.”

Perry Chen with How to train your dragon co-director Chris Sanders and his drawing for Perry @ animation symposium (photo by Zhu Shen)

Watch Perry’s interview of Oscar-nominated animated feature directors Lee Unkrich of Toy Story 3 and Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders of “How to Train Your Dragon” at the Academy of Motion Pictures on Feb 24, 2011:

“I am thrilled to attend the 2011 Oscar Night®   America ~ San Diego charity event, organized by the Community Campership Council to help more kids go to summer camps,” said Perry Chen.  “I have enjoyed going to summer camps in San Diego in the past few years to learn about animals in the world famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World; practice gymnastics and swimming; make ceramics art and painting; hone my acting skills, and so much more!  I hope more people will join me at the Oscar Night® America ~ San Diego charity event to help our kids go to these fun summer camps to learn and play.”

How to Train Your Dragon co-director Chris Sanders drawing of Toothless for Perry Chen, 2-24-11

Oscar Night® America – San Diego tickets are available at

Perry’s company Perry’s Previews and Amazing Kids! are also organizing the first ever “Amazing Kids! Perrific Oscar® Picks Contest,” inviting kids 6-17 worldwide to predict best animation feature Oscar® winner on Feb 27, 2011 among three nominees (How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, and The Illusionist).  Contestant can unleash their “inner Ebert” by sharing why they pick the film in 50 words or less.  The contest ends Saturday Feb 26, 2011, the day before the Oscars®.  Enter NOW:

The contest is sponsored by Disney Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, each giving away 20 Blu-ray DVDs of the Oscar®-nominated “Toy Story 3” and “How to Train Your Dragon” to contest winners.  Entries are coming from China, India, the UK, Canada, in addition to the U.S.  Perry is eager to have more San Diego kids participate in the contest and become his Facebook fan by visiting his Perry’s Previews page:

The contest ended on Sat Feb 26, 2011. Winners will be announced the week of Feb 28, 2011, following the Oscars on Feb 27.

Press release about the Kids Oscar® Picks contest:

San Diego Union Tribune online news story about the Kids Oscar® Picks contest:

Watch Perry on NBC “Today in LA” show and commentary on this year’s nominees for best animation Oscar®:

Watch Perry’s interview of San Diego kids about their Oscar® pick for best animation:

Visit Perry Chen’s movie review website for updates on movie reviews, upcoming events, promotions:

Perry’s Previews ( is an online resource for kids, teens, parents, educators, and movie lovers of all ages to read and comment on family-friendly movie reviews from a kid’s perspective. To date, over 50 reviews are listed on a multi-media platform, including TV, radio, print, and web. In addition, Perry’s Previews features Perry’s art and animation videos. Reader participation is encouraged through and via Perry’s website, Facebook fan page

( and Perry’s twitter feed @PerrysPreviews.

About Perry Chen – Gifted with a keen eye from a young age, Perry began writing movie reviews for his website “Perry’s Previews” at age 8. Characterized by his starfish rating system, his “Perrific™” favorite movies, and his family-friendly movie choices, Perry is often regarded as one of the great up-and-coming movie critics. The youngest honoree at the recent San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, Perry also serves as the resident movie critic for the Amazing Kids! Magazine (, film critic and blogger on Animation World Network, a leading professional animation industry publication; a movie panelist for the San Diego Union Tribune with over a million weekly readers; and the San Diego Entertainer Magazine’s youngest columnist and entertainment critic, reviewing films, restaurants, and entertainment events.

Perry has been featured in numerous publications and television interviews, including a recent (October 22, 2010) article in Variety, which spotlighted the top 3 up-and-coming young movie reviewers; and The Young Icons, a nationally-syndicated TV show.  In May 2009, Perry made his national television debut on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and in March 2010, he appeared in his first national radio interview on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen. Perry’s hobbies outside of film reviews include drawing, reading, folding origami, exploring nature, and gardening. Perry is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood; and Shamon Freitas Agency in San Diego.

Contact Information:

Zhu Shen, Ph.D, MBA

CEO, Perry’s Previews
Email: perryspreviews at gmail dot com
Phone: 858-761-7955

For Community Campership Council, contact:

Beth Huss


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