Tuesday’s announcement that the Eagles will be one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors recipients was music to the ears of Wendy Anderson, a former Department of Defense official and chief of staff to Ash Carter. Anderson’s career as a national security expert recently took a dramatic left turn from the Pentagon to Hollywood, when she joined Strong Eagle Media, a production company focused on military-themed films. Anderson will advise on two upcoming documentaries, “Citizen Soldier” and “Danger Close.” According to sources, Joe Walsh, guitarist and keyboardist for the Eagles, is writing original music for both films.
Anderson’s newfound interest in the movie biz grew out of her past Washington experience, working for Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Carter. “There is no group to whom I am more committed than our men and women in uniform, and their families,” Anderson tells The KGB File. “I decided when I left DOD, that I would find a way to manifest that commitment. These films are that manifestation.” Anderson first got to know the Strong Eagle Media filmmakers following the success of their film, “The Hornet’s Nest,” a harrowing documentary shot in the war zone of Afghanistan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Citizen Soldier” will tell the story of an African-American soldier deployed in Afghanistan. “Danger Close” is about Alex Quade, a female war reporter who was embedded with Special Ops troops. Both films are scheduled for release in 2016. Walsh and his Eagles bandmates will celebrate the Kennedy Center Honors — along with fellow honorees George Lucas, Carole King, Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and Cicely Tyson — on Dec. 6.