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Award-winning Teen Film Critic/Animator Perry S. Chen Giving Back to Community at Oscar Night Gala

Published on: 9th March, 2015


Perry S. Chen interviewed by ABC 10 News reporter Emily Valdez for his Oscars predictions at the Oscar Night Red Carpet Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

On Oscar night, February 22, 2015, award-winning teen film critic and animator/filmmaker Perry S. Chen walked the red carpet with his mom/producer Dr. Zhu Shen, and his “Perrific!” life coach Walker Clark, predicted Oscar winners for the animation shorts and animation feature categories on stage with ABC 10 News anchor and co-host, enjoyed delicious vegetarian food from one of his favorite restaurants, Tender Greens, while watching the Oscars telecast on the big screen.  Perry saw his animation short Oscar prediction come true (Disney’s delightful “Feast” did win!), but disappointed that his favorite animation feature “How to Train Your Dragon 2” didn’t win. He had fun with his interview by ABC 10 News reporter Emily Valdez, talking about his interviews with the Oscar-nominated animation directors and his own animation films.  The interview was broadcasted on Oscar night ABC 10 News at 10 pm and 11 pm. Perry’s review, director interviews and Oscar predictions:

http://www.perryspreviews.com/?p=4612

Perry is no stranger to the Oscars, having interviewed all of the five Oscar-nominated animation shorts directors and three of the five Oscar-nominated animation feature directors (“How to train your dragon 2,” “The Boxtrolls,” and “Songs of the Sea”) in person this year.  He and mom Zhu have been supporting the Kids to Camp non-profit foundation since 2011 when they attended the Oscar Night Gala/Fundraiser for the first year. The charity organization raises money to send under-privileged kids to go to summer camp.  With his insight and insider’s perspective, Perry’s on-stage Oscar predictions have been a highlight at the event every year. Perry’s donated auction items (usually including DVDs and/or memorabilia from Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning animation films) are always hot commodities at the live auction following the Oscars!  Among the Oscar-nominated feature films, Perry had watched “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Boyhood,” “Whiplash,” and “Birdman.” “Whiplash,” about a young college freshman drummer’s pursuit of music excellence against all odds is Perry’s and his coach Walker Clark’s favorite film of 2015, which won best supporting actor Oscar for J.K. Simmons.

This year, Perry donated a blu-ray DVD set of the Oscar-nominated animation feature “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, courtesy of DreamWorks Animation, and an exclusive ShortsHD “Goodie Bag” containing a DVD with Oscar-nominated animation shorts, a limited edition Disney art poster from the Oscar-winning animation short “Feast”, a pair of shorts with ShortsHD logo, a pair of sun glasses with ShortsHD logo, and a 10-year anniversary poster for ShortsHD’s theatrical release of Oscar-nominated shorts. Kids to Camp supporter Vic Enchelmayer was the lucky winner, thrilled with his new acquisition!

Perry also had fun trying the famous “money hat” made by Judi Spuris, a long-time supporter of Kids to Camp and the event. Judi makes the money hat each year with 200 dollar bills, each year’s design is different. The hat is the most sought-after raffle prize at the event!

Perry S. Chen giving ABC 10 News reporter Emily Valdez his business card at his interview at the Kids to Camp Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with ABC 10 News anchor/event MC at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with mom/producer Dr. Zhu Shen on the red carpet at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Walker Clark)

Perry S. Chen with coach Walker Clark on the red carpet at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with mom/producer Dr. Zhu Shen at the Hollywood sign, Oscar Night Gala (photo by Walker Clark)

Perry S. Chen giving his coach Walker Clark thumb up at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with Kids to Camp director Susan Rezner at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with mom/producer Dr. Zhu Shen and coach Walker Clark at Oscar Night Gala (photo by Richard Trefflich)

Perry S. Chen with Tender Greens chef on duty at Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen posting with Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6” poster at Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with coach Walker Clark at Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen trying on the famous “money hat” (made with 200 dollar bills, and raffled off) with the maker Judi Spuris at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen trying on the famous “money hat” with the maker Judi Spuris at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen with mom/producer Dr. Zhu Shen at the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Walker Clark)

Perry S. Chen with auction bid winner Vic Enchelmayer and his wife who won Perry’s donation of “ShortsHD goodie bag” containing limited edition Disney Oscar-winning animation short “Feast” poster, Oscar-nominated animation shorts DVD (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry S. Chen cracking up his coach Walker Clark with his helium-inhaled strange voice (from the balloon) after the Oscar Night Gala (photo by Zhu Shen)

More helium voice from Perry Chen, with coach Walker Clark (photo by Zhu Shen)

More photos on Perry S. Chen’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/perry.s.chen/media_set?set=a.10202619705732277.1073741827.1786357605&type=1&pnref=story

Copyright 2015 by Perry S. Chen and Zhu Shen

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About Perry Chen:

Perry S. Chen is a 14-year-old award-winning child critic, artist, animator, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 8th grade from San Diego.  He started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and has been featured in CBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, Animation Magazine, The Young Icons, The Guardian, The China Press, etc.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation, and has written movie reviews for Animation World Network, San Diego Union Tribune, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog, as well as restaurant reviews for DiningOut San Diego Magazine and San Diego Entertainer. He won the San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2013 for his movie and restaurant reviews.

Perry is currently writing, animating, and directing his most personal film to date, “Changyou’s Journey,” produced by his mom Dr. Zhu Shen, about his beloved father Dr. Changyou Chen, a cancer researcher who passed away in July 2012 from terminal cancer after a long, brave battle, please watch trailer and donate to support Perry’s animation film:

www.perryspreviews.com

Perry won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010 and 2011 for his movie and restaurant reviews, an “Excellence Writer Award” from “We Chinese in America” Magazine in 2010 for his movie review column. Perry is widely recognized as an authoritative spokesperson about movies for his generation, and appears frequently at red carpet movie premieres, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation in Hollywood.  Perry and his mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a new book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011.

Perry’s first animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” in collaboration with animation legend Bill Plympton, won multiple film festival awards and has been screened at over 30 international film festivals, now available on iTunes. More info: http://ingridpitt.co.uk

Watch “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” on iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/ingrid-pitt-beyond-the-forest/id554607718

Watch Perry on “Live Life & Win” national TV show:

http://vimeo.com/51042736

Become a fan on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/ingridpittanimation (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest official FB page)

http://www.facebook.com/perryspreviewsfan (Perry’s Previews fan page)

Subscribe to Perry’s YouTube channel and watch his filmmaker interviews:

http://www.youtube.com/perryspreviews

Follow his tweets: http://twitter.com/perryspreviews

For business inquiries about Perry Chen, his animation films, movie reviews, contact Dr. Zhu Shen, cc0218 at gmail dot com

 

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