The Bay is a 2012 American horror film shot in the found footage style, directed by Barry Levinson and written by Michael Wallach. The film explains the footage was confiscated by the U.S. government until the anonymous source leaked the footage for the entire world to see. On July 4, 2009, a seaside Chesapeake Bay town nestled on Maryland's Eastern Shore thrives on water. When two researchers find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to take action fearing that he will create a panic. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning humans into hosts for a deadly, mutant breed of the parasite Cymothoa exigua.