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Take None Give None Film Screening

Los Angeles Public Library
Event organized by Los Angeles Public Library

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Take None Give None is a documentary film directed by Gusmano Cesaretti about the Chosen Few, an outlaw motorcycle club based in South Central Los Angeles. The film tells the story of a brotherhood and the challenges they face upholding the fundamental principles, tradition and legacy of their club. 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. The film provides a nostalgic look into the history of the club through the eyes of its founding members.

Cesaretti first began photographing the Chosen Few over 20 years ago and in 2011, he teamed up with co-director Kurt Mangum and a group of professional cinematographers to tell the motorcycle club’s story by creating an in-depth portrait of this community of bikers in South Central.

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. A crackdown by federal and local law enforcement agencies resulted in raids and ultimately, seizure of their storied clubhouse at 108th Street and Broadway by the LAPD. From mounting tensions to differences among its member, the film offers an unfiltered and intimate look at what it means to be one of The Chosen Few.