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Saturday and Sunday’s top SXSW docs

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Here’s a look at some of the top documentaries screening at SXSW on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday

“Manny”: The story of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, whose rise to stardom from poverty in the Philippines is the stuff of legend. 1 p.m., Vimeo; 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alamo Slaughter; 7 p.m. March 14, Topfer.

“Song from the Forest”: This documentary looks fascinating. It focuses on Louis Sarno, who journeyed to a Central African rain forest and began to record more than 1,000 hours of music from Bayaka Pygmies. He lived with them for 25 years and raised a son, Samedi. But everything must come to an end, so Sarno and his son return to America and face another type of jungle — the concrete one of New York. There, he reunites with a college friend, director Jim Jarmusch. 2 p.m., Violet Crown; 9:30 p.m. Monday, Marchesa; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Alamo Village.

“Wicker Kittens”: Director Amy C. Elliott takes us inside the world of competitive jigsaw puzzlers, with a focus on the St. Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota. 4:30 p.m., Rollins; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Stateside; 7 p.m. March 14, Marchesa.

“Evolution of a Criminal”: A look at how a 16-year-old turns into a bank robber. 7 p.m., Violet Crown; 2 p.m. Sunday, Alamo Slaughter; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rollins; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Alamo Village.

“Harmontown”: Dan Harmon, the writer and producer behind the NBC show “Community,” takes us along as he tours the U.S. with his live podcast. 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Vimeo. Also: 4 p.m. Sunday, Alamo Village; 5 p.m. Wednesday, Violet Crown; 2 p.m. March 14, Vimeo.

“Yakona”: Texas-based filmmakers Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins take us on a visual journey through the waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. 9:30 p.m., Marchesa; 11 a.m. Tuesday, Paramount.

Sunday

“The Possibilities Are Endless”: After the celebrated lyricist Edwyn Collins suffers a stroke, he struggles to return to a life of love, language and music. 1:30 p.m., Alamo Ritz; 2 p.m. Tuesday, Alamo Village; 7 p.m. Thursday, Violet Crown.

“Supermensch”: Director Mike Myers (yes, the “Wayne’s World” and “Austin Powers” dude) looks at the life of Shep Gordon, who managed such celebrities as Blondie, Alice Cooper and Raquel Welch. Myers sees Gordon as a man on a spiritual quest despite a lot of debauchery. This will be the only screening during the festival. 6:30 p.m., Paramount.

“Double Play”: Austin director Richard Linklater has long been friends with fellow filmmaker James Benning. Gabe Klinger directs this look at the relationship between the auteurs. 7 p.m., Marchesa; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Marchesa.

“Surviving Cliffside”: Director Jon Matthews takes us inside a West Virginia family that struggles with drug addiction, violence and poverty. And then they decide that their young girl, who has survived leukemia, is going to try to become Little Miss West Virginia. 9:30 p.m., Violet Crown; 4 p.m. Tuesday, Alamo Ritz; 11 a.m. Wednesday, Alamo Slaughter; 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Violet Crown.