Published on: 10th January, 2016
Teen Critic Perry Chen Won Four 2015 San Diego Press Club Awards For Excellence in Journalism
Oct 27, 2015
15-year-old Perry S. Chen, the award-winning animator, entertainment & film critic from San Diego, claims four prestigious Awards of Excellence in Journalism for the fourth year at the 2015 San Diego Press Club Awards night, a new personal record.
The Annual San Diego Press Club 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards were judged by members of Press Clubs throughout the country outside of San Diego. These prestigious awards recognize San Diego’s best in all forms of journalism including print, television, radio, web, and specialty magazines. Perry and his mom Dr. Zhu Shen, who won four awards as his editor, photographer, and publisher of his website http://perryspreviews.com, attended the awards celebration at the Jacobs Center at Market Creek on October 27, 2015, which was a culinary adventure as well.
This is Perry’s fourth year to win following his awards in 2010, 2011, and 2013. Perry joined the San Diego Press Club at ten years old as the club’s youngest member in May 2010 when he was a 4th grader at the Torrey Hills Elementary School, from the Del Mar Union School District. He is currently a sophomore at the Canyon Crest Academy, a high school nationally recognized for its outstanding arts programs and scientific/engineering excellence.
Perry won two second places and two third places for both his movie and restaurant reviews, as well as for his website PerrysPreviews.com.
Second Place: Websites: Entertainment Site
Perry’s Previews Movie Review, Director Interviews & Oscar Predictions
Second Place: Websites: Blog for/by Journalists
Family-friendly Entertainment Review by Teen Critic Perry Chen
Third Place: Daily newspapers and websites: Reviews: Misc
Perry’s Previews Movie Review – Far from the Madding Crowd (a rare joint review by Perry and his mother Dr. Zhu Shen)
Third Place: Daily newspapers and websites: Reviews: Restaurant
Perry’s Previews Restaurant Review: Tender Greens
Perry Chen with fellow awards winner Lynn Friedmann at 2015 San Diego Press Club Awards dinner (photo by Zhu Shen)
Full list of winners:
At age nine, Perry debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric for being the youngest film critic in the country in 2009. He had since reviewed movies and entertainment for The San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network, Amazing Kids! Magazine, DiningOut San Diego Magazine, San Diego Entertainer, Carmel Valley Life Magazine, We Chinese in America newspaper and magazine, in addition to his own PerrysPreviews blog.
At age ten, Perry animated his first short film “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” about a young Jewish girl’s survival during the Holocaust, in collaboration with two-time Oscar nominee, animation legend Bill Plympton. The film became an instant hit with audience, filmmakers, and critics alike, playing at over 30 film festivals around the world, winning three film festival awards in the U.S. In 2011, Perry was the youngest animator whose short became an Oscar-qualifying film. The film was made with generous support and sponsorship from Toom Boom Animation and Wacom, distributed by Shorts International. Perry was also a winner of the 2nd Screen Global Con “Junior Innovator of the Year Award” in August 2013, and featured in a parenting book “Raising CEO Kids”. Watch the short on iTunes:
Perry has finished two more animation shorts in collaboration with others, and is working on his 4th and most personal animation film “Changyou’s Journey” about his late father Dr. Changyou Chen, a biotech CEO who passed away from cancer in 2012. Chen is the writer, animator, and director, his mother Dr. Zhu Shen is the producer. Watch trailer and donate:
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About San Diego Press Club: The San Diego Press Club is the largest club of its kind in the nation with over 400 members in the news communications field. Offering a blend of social and professional growth activities, the club seeks to foster a community where the relevant professional/social needs of news communications professionals can be met in an environment of integrity and high ethical standards.
For media inquiries about Perry Chen, contact Zhu Shen, Producer of Perry Chen’s animation film, email: cc0218 at gmail dot com
For information about San Diego Press Club, contact executive director, Terry Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org.