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Werner Herzog downtown for LA premiere of his new movie, "My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done?"

The reviews for “My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done?,” the new Werner Herzog picture, haven’t been too hot.

(Michael Shannon, left, and Willem Dafoe. Credit: Lena Herzog.)

But you have to hand it to Herzog – he puts himself out there. When he comes out with a new movie, or they’re showing an old one like Nosferatu, he attends the showings and answers questions from the audience. It’s refreshing to know he cares enough for his fans and films to take the praise or the heat.

Which leads me to my point:

My Son, My Son opens in Los Angeles Friday at the Downtown Independent Theatre, and Herzog will be there. Here’s the news release:

(Los Angeles, CA) -- ABSURDA and Industrial Entertainment are pleased to announce the Los Angeles debut of My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done, executive produced by film icon David Lynch. My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done was directed by renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog (Rescue Dawn, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) who also co-wrote the screenplay. It stars Michael Shannon (Oscar® nominee for Revolutionary Road), Willem Dafoe (Antichrist), Chloë Sevigny (HBO’s Big Love), Udo Kier and Michael Peña among others. The film will open in Los Angeles at The Downtown Independent Theater this Friday, December 18 and will include a special in-person Q & A with Werner Herzog after the 7:00pm show.

WHO: Werner Herzog
WHAT: The Los Angeles Opening of Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done
WHERE: The Downtown Independent, 251 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: Werner Herzog will do a Q & A following the 7:00pm screening of My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done at approximately 8:30pm.