Sept 28 - Oct 1
Take None Give None
Directed by Gusmano Cesaretti
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 89 minutes | Canadian Premiere
Take None Give None is a portrait of the Chosen Few MC, based in South Central Los Angeles. Founded in 1959, the Chosen Few MC is the first multiracial outlaw motorcycle club in America. The film provides a nostalgic look into the history of the club through the eyes of its founding members and tells the story of a brotherhood and the challenges they face upholding the fundamental principles, tradition and legacy of their club.
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.
About the Director
Gusmano Cesaretti, is a self-taught photographer and artist from Lucca, Italy. Cesaretti plays a vital role in creating the look and feel of films and has worked closely with directors Michael Mann, Tony Scott and Marc Forster on films such as Blackhat, Unstoppable, Public Enemies, The Taking of Pelham 123, Quantum of Solace, Miami Vice, Stay, Domino, Collateral, Ali, The Insider, Heat, Last of the Mohicans, Manhunter and Thief.
Cesaretti is one of the first photographers to document the East Los Angeles street culture as early as 1970. His photographs of this era celebrated a sub-culture that had rarely been captured before. He curated numerous exhibitions, beginning with projects at his gallery Cityscape Foto Gallery, founded in Pasadena, California in 1977. His work was featured in the 2010 groundbreaking show Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) in which he was also actively involved in arranging major works by Los Angeles graffiti writers and creating a dedicated section of the exhibit to The Chosen Few motorcycle club.
Cesaretti's photographs have been published in many books and exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Roberts & Tilton Gallery, and are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C).
Premiere: Canadian Premiere
Release Year: 2015
Runtime: 83 minutes
Director: Gusmano Cesaretti
Producer: Bruno Sere
Co-Director: Kurt Mangum