September 28, 2007 -- A BROOKLYN math teacher with a big dream and a little bank account has pulled off a major coup by getting a cast of Hollywood legends - including Oscar-winners Mickey Rooney and Celeste Holm - to appear in his low-budget independent romance flick for peanuts.
Keith Black, 38, hopes the movie - which he co-wrote, produced and acted in - will make him a player. And he's got some pretty important Tinseltown types backing him up.
In addition to Rooney, who has starred in a slew of classics, and "All About Eve" actress Holm, Black also landed former talk-show host Dick Cavett, Louise Lasser and Maxine Bahns, star of "She's the One" and "The Brothers McMullen."
"The reason why everyone wanted to work with me is they felt the material is so special," Black, whose day job is at Sheepshead Bay HS, told The Post's Jennifer Fermino.
Black had to dip into his life savings - including leftover bar mitzvah money - and move in with his mother to help finance the $50,000 flick, which he's now editing and hopes to bring to Sundance next winter. The actors made just $100 a day.
"They're not doing it for pay," he said. "They're doing it for karma and passion."
The movie, shot in Mill Basin, Yonkers and Long Beach, L.I., is a quirky love story reminiscent of "Little Miss Sunshine."
Written by Black with screenwriter Mark Troy, it centers on a neurotic Brooklyn pharmacist with a fear of flying.
Over the Internet, he meets and falls in love with a West Coast woman, played by Bahns. He embarks on a cross-country car trip with his love interest's free-spirited sister.
Pretending to pine for the beautiful Bahns was no stretch, admits Black, who describes himself as a "guy with glasses and a cute little pot belly." He confessed, "I have a crush on her."
Black has some experience getting his work to the public. In 2004, he made "Get the Script to Woody Allen," a 17-minute, $4,000 homage to his idol that was shown in theaters across the nation.
"It's really exciting as a teacher and a motivator," concluded Black. "I want people to follow my example and never underestimate yourself."