Keith Black is a 36-year-old high school math teacher who lives
with his mother in Brooklyn.
He's also the star and co-author of “Get the Script to Woody
Allen,” a 17-minute film that Black, a dyed-in-the-wool Allen fan,
made as an homage to the Woodman.
“Get the Script” will be shown at the Glenwood Arts Theatre at 7
p.m. today and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday before screenings of
Allen's “Melinda and Melinda.”
The film is a mini-romantic comedy in which Keith Black plays an
aspiring screenwriter scrambling to get his script to Woody
The character Black embodies on screen is a socially challenged
everyman trying to find a woman who'll mesh with his peculiar
sensibilities. For example, he dines out only when he has a
“The funniest stuff about my comedy is the true stuff,” Black
said in a phone interview from Brooklyn. “I really use coupons on a
first date. My friends worry that I could lose a good girl with the
coupons. They maintain you can use coupons only after you've seen
each other naked. Use them on the first date, and a girl will get
scared and run away.
“My feeling is that this is who I am. What's more impressive —
the guy who gets a meal for full price or one who gets it for half
price? It's just good economics.”
“Get the Script” was produced with $3,000 of Black's own money.
His old friend and pal in stand-up comedy, Steve Marshall, co-wrote
It may be the best-looking $3,000 movie ever made.
“I'm a former CPA and figured out how to bring it in way under
budget. I got a great cinematographer who fell in love with the
script, and the cast all worked for free. My mom and her boyfriend
were extras. Didn't have to pay them.”
The movie has played at film festivals around the country and
enjoyed a commercial run in several cities. Black has sold it to
cable and to foreign markets. It has even played as in-flight
entertainment on an airline.
“Of course, I'm terrified of flying, so I sent my mom on several
flights to Baltimore to see it in the air,” Black said.
Emboldened by his success, Black said he has a couple of
full-length screenplays he's going to try to sell to Hollywood.
“ 'Course I won't fly out there. My mom and I will take the
Not that he plans to give up teaching, which he says is great
training for comedy.
“There's no tougher audience than inner-city ninth-graders
dealing with a boring subject. If I can engage them, imagine what I
can do on