John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers but no one believes it. On the eve of the town's centennial many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers. Image and info credit: IMDb. https://www.youtube.com/user/PopcornCinemaShow
Interview in "The Believer" (2009) ... "Characterized by what some describe as a lunch-pail populism, Sayles’s films vary in subject but are unified by their deep-rooted social consciousness and hopefulness. Sayles’s expansive social panoramas and thoughtfully rendered characters illustrate how various social issues...produce people who are marginalized by an American culture that worships the notion of the individual."