by Joan Lownds Senior Staff Writer Charlie Burlingham\u2019s home in Cambridge might be described as a movable feast of Weir Farm Art Center. Here, the grandson of Julian Alden Weir and president of Weir Farm Art Center is surrounded by \u201ca veritable treasure trove of Weir family art \u2026 a visual banquet,\u201d said Megan Smith-Harris, a Wilton documentary filmmaker who is in the process of creating a Weir Farm oral history project. Janice Hess, executive director of Weir Farm Art Center, said the film is aimed at highlighting the life of Julian Alden Weir, with a special focus on his grandson. \u201cAs Weir Farm National Historic Site moves forward with the renovation of the house, studios and property, we at Weir Farm Art Center are aware that a big part of Julian Alden Weir history has remained largely out of the public eye,\u201d she said. \u201cWe wanted to document the works of art that reside in the home of our president, Charles Burlingham, and to also document his very interesting life.\u201d Toward this end, Ms. Smith-Harris and Ms. Hess shot footage at Weir Farm, and then headed to Cambridge to capture Mr. Burlingham\u2019s memories and art collection on film. \u201cThis project was an absolute joy to work on,\u201d said Ms. Smith-Harris. \u201cNot only was Charlie Burlingham able to provide a wealth of information about his grandfather, Julian Alden Weir, but he was also able to share a rich history about life at Weir Farm since he spent a great deal of time there as a child. Charlie is a gifted raconteur, and his stories and anecdotes are truly captivating, so the editing process will be a lot of fun.\u201d Many of the paintings featured in the film are making rare public appearances. \u201cThey have not been displayed in public much, if at all,\u201d according to Ms. Hess. She said Ms. Smith-Harris and her company, Pyewackkit Productions, which includes award-winning cinematographer Laela Kilbourn, was tapped by Weir Farm because \u201cour goal was to shoot excellent footage professionally, which we did this summer. \u2026 We feel we have the makings of a fascinating documentary film.\u201d Ms. Smith-Harris agreed. \u201cThere is definitely potential for a longer form documentary because there is such a rich vein of family history just waiting to be tapped into. Julian Alden Weir not only created memorable art, he inspired other artists to create memorable art. The property continues to inspire today\u2019s artists through the fantastic residency program sponsored by the Weir Farm Art Center,\u201d she said. Weir Farm is the only national park service site dedicated to art. The \u201cpreliminary film shoot\u201d was funded by $5,000 from the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust, but Ms. Smith-Harris said more funding is needed to complete the project. \u201cWe need to raise an additional $20,000 to properly transcribe the interviews, log the footage, and professionally edit what we have with Emmy award-winning editor Jeff Reilly.\u201d When the film is finished, Ms. Hess said, \u201cWe do know for sure that it will be shown at Weir Farm National Historic Site, for the visitors. \u201cWe would also love to see it distributed on TV, and also to hold a premiere here in Wilton.\u201d Added Ms. Smith-Harris, \u201cThis is the perfect opportunity for any individual who loves film, art, history, and nature to make a big difference. This is a very special project and needs a champion, or champions \u2026 to move forward.\u201d No title has yet been selected for the film, she said. What is the importance of preserving the memories of Weir Farm and the legacy of J. Alden Weir, especially as seen through the eyes of his grandson, Charles Burlingham? \u201cWeir Farm, with its three generations of artists living and working on its grounds, is a unique place, as evidenced by its designation as a national historic site by Congress,\u201d Ms. Hess said. \u201cThe legacy of Julian Alden Weir as an artist, a friend, a mentor, and family man is lent nuance by Charlie Burlingham\u2019s family paintings and family stories.\u201d Added Ms. Smith-Harris, \u201cSpeak to any of the artists who are lucky enough to be chosen for the residency program and you will instantly realize why it\u2019s so important to preserve these memories. Weir Farm has a history of inspiring artists because is a magical place \u2014 there is so much to see in the flora, fauna which changes dramatically with the seasons. You just have to look.\u201d Although Julian Alden Weir died before Mr. Burlingham was born, he spent time at Weir Farm as a child with \u201chis mother and aunts, surrounded by the family art and stories,\u201d Ms. Hess said. \u201cCharlie knows so much about the family history, he really makes it all come alive,\u201d Ms. Smith-Harris said. \u201cHe tells the stories that he learned at the knee of his mother, father, aunts, and uncles, and I can assure you, these memories are rich and varied.\u201d He has a strong desire to preserve and promote his grandfather\u2019s legacy, according to Ms. Smith-Harris. \u201cI think he feels it\u2019s both a privilege and his duty to make sure current and future generations understand what was going on in the art world at that very exciting time, and how Julian Alden Weir came to play such an important part in it. He was not only a painter but also an encourager, a great friend, and more.\u201d Mr. Weir\u2019s reputation continues to grow. The new American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York features four Julian Alden Weir paintings. Wilton resident Joan Kaskell, an art historian and lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, described the important role the painter played in American art. \u201cJulian Alden Weir regularly lent his practical and artistic expertise to his many, many colleagues and friends,\u201d she said. \u201cA leader of his contemporaries, he was a founding member both of the Society of American Artists \u2014 the progressive painters and sculptors who disagreed with the conservatism of New York\u2019s National Academy of Design \u2014 and 20 years later, of The Ten American Painters, consisting mainly of American Impressionists such as John H. Twachtman, Childe Hassam and Weir himself.\u201d Although Julian Alden Weir was recognized critically and commercially until his death in 1919, \u201che never associated with early 20th-Century trends, whether with the exploration of themes like the modern life of working people, or with radical movements like Cubism,\u201d Ms. Kaskell said. \u201cNeither an initiator nor an imitator, he responded to and created from various artistic ideas.\u201d However, Ms. Kaskell posed this question: \u201cTo be \u2018important,\u2019 must one be a pioneer? Looking back at the 50 years of Weir\u2019s oeuvre, we can now appraise his substantial body of realized work in landscape, still life and portraiture, including his interpretations \u2014 for half his career \u2014 of French Impressionism, as well as of other contemporary influences, including, for example, those of Japanese prints.\u201d \u201cA visit to his paintings in the new American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum begins to reveal the breadth of his oeuvre. When the rotating spotlight comes back to Weir, his excellence in the areas he chose will be recognized anew to highlight his place in American art.\u201d Does his grandson follow in the family artistic tradition? \u201cHe will say he dabbles,\u201d Ms. Hess said. \u201cThat\u2019s exactly what he says, but he\u2019s being modest,\u201d said Ms. Smith-Harris. \u201cHe actually paid homage to his grandfather by doing a very fine copy of one of his paintings.\u201d As president of Weir Farm Art Center, Mr. Burlingham visits \u201cfor all our meetings, held several times a year,\u201d Ms. Hess said. \u201cHaving volunteered at Weir Farm in the past and helped to raise money for the current artist\u2019s studio, it has been a real pleasure to be involved in this project,\u201d said Ms. Smith-Harris. \u201cNow all we need is some funding to move forward.\u201d For information or to make a donation: www.weirfarmartcenter.org, or Weir Farm Art Center, 735 Nod Hill Road in Wilton.