Project Sandstorm: A Documentary

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Help fund a scientific mission to the Gobi desert, to test and document the installation of the world's first Sandstorm Detector powered by Darude's 1999 Eurodance classic.

Desert communities around the world are under threat. How long can we afford to turn our backs on our rapidly shrivelling planet, and how should the morally-endowed Western middle classes respond?

Thanks to the sensibly-agreed merger of science and the free market, there is an answer. With challenges come opportunity and with opportunity comes innovation. Chin Stroke Research and Development presents Project Sandstorm, a bold solution to one of the most daunting crises of our time.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. The installation of the sandstorm detector was a decisive leap forward for climate science. Our documentary trailer is out now:


Here is a brief introduction to the original prototype as broadcast on live TV:

Project Sandstorm is an early-warning sandstorm detector designed to emit an alarm when wind-speed and dust particulate density reach dangerous levels. Using a patented Darude™ early-warning system, Project Sandstorm notifies nearby populations of the speed and severity of incoming sandstorms - allowing them to differentiate between a catastrophic natural disaster and an everyday dusty gust. 

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We are asking for contributions towards the cost of setting up and maintaining a 6-month pilot scheme in the Gobi Desert. A crew of engineers, climate specialists, geographers and unpaid media interns will travel to the remote front-line in the war on desertification.

We will use cutting-edge technology developed in-house to monitor the project and relay vital information back to the hermetically-sealed cultural vacuum of our UK laboratory.

The second prong of our mission is to raise awareness of climate science and of the threat to mankind. We will produce a documentary highlighting the plight of precarious communities and the consequences of humanity's inaction.

Our team has extensive film-making and broadcasting experience, having worked on a wide-range of high-profile projects for internationally-recognised clients.

Where other angst-ridden Westerners with GoPros have failed, we will bring our message of gap-year philanthropy to the world.

At the heart of Chin Stroke R&D's work is a focus on locally-integrated solutions to global problems. Applying a holistic methodology that is tailored to meet the needs of local and indigenous communities, Chin Stroke R&D sets out to work alongside governmental and development sectors to achieve tangible climate goals with self-congratulatory efficiency.

We stand on the edge of a precipice, teetering on the brink of climate catastrophe. Like a bad, bad doggy staring into a soiled kennel, we know not what we do.

Yes, future generations will judge us on our recklessness - but also on our ability to sooth our collective guilt. 

Donate today to pay some strangers on the internet to shoulder the responsibility of your environmental impact. 

Credits: Aidan Hepburn, Alex Noble, Bertie Suesat-Williams, Chase Coley, Josh Goldsmith, Ned Suesat-Williams, Theresa Baumgartner.

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Project Sandstorm will be screened in Sheffield on the 11th of August, alongside a selection of less relevant, but equally valid short films. This will be a free event but booking is advised as spaces are limited.

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Free tickets:

For everyone further north, we are in the process of negotiating a Glasgow screening with a large and influential distributor. Stay tuned to this page for more updates, including donor rewards and T-shirts (which are coming, we promise).
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Editing work on Project Sandstorm: A Documentary is finished! We are now entering our distribution phase, and are in the process of organising screenings in advance of the documentary's general release.

Our London premiere is at the Waterloo East Theatre on Thursday 18th April, and features support from the surreal comedy short 'Porcupine' by Jess Dadds and Ned Suesat-Williams.

Info on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2FiPjmQ
And here: https://bit.ly/2Ofb3UE

All donors to our campaign are eligible for free entry to this screening, regardless of the amount donated. We would like to thank you all for your help getting this project to the stage it is now - it would have been impossible without you.

If anyone would like to continue to support us through this final phase our Go Fund Me campaign is still active.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy the film.

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Our documentary trailer is out now!

Following the successful installation of the sandstorm detector, Chin Stroke R&D are safely back on UK soil. Film-maker and explorer Alex Noble travelled with the team to the dunes of Badain Jilin, capturing their trials and tribulations on the front-line in the war against climate change. Their new trailer can be viewed here.

Having collected a wealth of new scientific data, the team have produced a documentary highlighting the threat posed by desertification, the human flaws that underpin Western scientific “philanthropy” and the place of Darude’s Sandstorm in a dynamic culture of environmental activism.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far - we couldn’t have done this without you! The film currently requires funding for post-production and as such we are still accepting donations.
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Mission Accomplished! The Chin Stroke R&D team have returned from Inner Mongolia and we have begun to receive live environmental and atmospheric data from our Sandstorm detector. The process of interpreting this information has now begun, and post-production work on the documentary may now commence in earnest.

Please continue to support our campaign, as we need more funds to consolidate our progress and share our findings with the wider scientific community. Thank you to everyone who has made this journey possible.
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