Founded by Lionel Ricks in 1959 and integrated in 1960, the Chosen Few MC is the first multiracial outlaw motorcycle club in America. Members are longshoremen and machinists; schoolteachers and mechanics; war veterans and ex-gang members. For decades, they have congregated under a common goal of liberty, brotherhood, and unrestricted admission to the roadways of Southern California. Club members have earned the respect of their peers and been branded criminals by local and federal authorities.
Filmed between 2011 and 2014, Take None Give None bears witness to some of the Chosen Few’s most turbulent years when changes in leadership threatened the club’s stability and a crackdown by federal and local law enforcement resulted in raids on their storied clubhouse at 108th Street and Broadway in South Central Los Angeles.
Fascinated by the cultures of East LA & South Central, Gusmano Cesaretti has documented the neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 1970. In 2011, he partnered with photographer Kurt Mangum and a team of professional cinematographers to create an in-depth portrait of this community of bikers in South Central. Take None Give None offers access to places where outsiders aren’t welcome; nighttime rides through LA's expansive freeway system and inside the club’s hallowed clubhouse, located in the shadows of the Watts Towers. Eschewing voiceover narration, the documentary allows the voices of the club to speak freely and offers a ground level, unfiltered and unbiased look at what it means to be one of the Chosen Few.
Take None Give None was Directed by Gusmano Cesaretti and Co-Directed Kurt Mangum. It was produced by Bruno Sère, Gusmano Cesaretti and Kurt Mangum. The film has a running time of 1 hour 22 minutes and is not rated by the MPAA.