Stewart Raffill came to filmmaking in 1971, writing and directing his first feature, "The Tender Warrior". Starring Dan Haggerty, the film had a distinct conservationist theme that carried through to Raffill's next two films, "When the North Wind Blows", also featuring Haggerty, and "The Adventures of the Wilderness Family", which he wrote. Focusing on family fare and adventure stories in the '70s, Raffill in the '80s began to make more mainstream movies, with a distinct sense of camp. Following the comedies "High Risk" and the sci-fi camp classic "The Ice Pirates", Raffil directed the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama "The Philadelphia Experiment", based on an alleged true story about two naval cadets who are sent into the future. His next project, "Mannequin: On the Move", is a product of the early '90s, a story about a mannequin that comes to life. Working less during that decade, Raffil returned to adventure family films with "The New Swiss Family Robinson", starring David Carradine, and "Grizzly Falls". Unable to break into more serious cinema, Raffil began directing B movies in the 2000s, with films like the exploitation-esque horror films "Survival Island" and "Sirens of the Caribbean".