"Women Make Movies II," a festival of women's work at the Kennedy Center AFI theater, shows females in film to be more than mere starlets. Women produced, directed, wrote and filmed these 35 movies, besides being projected in them as heroines, comediennes, singers, dancers, political rivals and animated characters. Certain audiences will find feminist messages between the frames, others will skip the politics and call it a night at the movies. This weekend's offering will be the Washington premiere of a slam-dancing, L.A. punk music film titled "The Decline (of Western Civilization)" by Penelope Spheeris. Later there will be a quickie comedy on menstruation, a B-movie thriller called "Humanoids From the Deep" and a day of five short films for kids. The windup on October 14 will be another premiere, "The Mafu Cage," starring Lee Grant in a psychological drama. Only 0.2 percent of the feature films released by major distributors in the last 30 years were directed by women; much the same goes for network primetime TV. "It makes me angry," says Kitty King, an independent producer and co-chairman of the WIF festival. "Women haven't had the chance to learn from doing. We aren't given the opportunity to establish a track record, and that's the key to everything." King's credits include "Silver Wings and Santiago Blue," a documentary about women Air Force pilots in World War II. A handful of female directors who did bridge the silent-to-talkies era are represented next Tuesday. Along with silents from the early 1900s, the festival will show some tapes fresh from the cutting room. Last week, in a Dupont Circle office, video producer Victoria Costello and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Frances Fitzgerald stared down a box of donuts and an approaching deadline on "Who Will Protect the Family?" The hour-long documentary is the festival's only made-for-television piece; it's scheduled for broadcast on PBS later this year. The tape chronicles the three-year controversy between factions in North Carolina's fight over the Equal Rights Amendment: Gospel music audio, anti-abortion signs on video, pan the "Stop-ERA" rally. "Hallelujah!" they sing. Cut to a pro-ERA demonstration in '81, North Carolina's first. Up on the banjo and theme song on audio. Blank. "There's a hole here where Monday's taped segment with Jesse Helms will be inserted," said Chris Brim, a member of Costello's crew. "And here we'll add voice-over narration. It will all make sense when it's edited." WATCHING WOMEN'S MOVIES Tickets to "Women Make Movies II" are available through the AFI box office, noon to 9 daily (785-4601). Prices for non-members vary from $3.50 to $6, depending on the night's offerings. SEPTEMBER 11 & 12: "The Decline (of Western Civilization)" (1981). Friday 6:30, Saturday 10. With director Penelope Spheeris in person. Washington premiere. Documentary journey to the center of Los Angeles' punk rock scene. 100 minutes. SEPTEMBER 15: 6:30. Silents with organ accompaniment: "A House Divided" (1913, Alice Guy Blache), 11-minute sit-com about temporarily interrupted marital bliss; "The Hypocrites" (1914, Lois Weber), A young minister's search for truth in a corrupt world -- 44 minutes; "Get Your Man" (1927, Dorothy Arzner), with Clara Bow, 44 minutes (incomplete). SEPTEMBER 16: 8:30. "Not Wendy Richmond" (1979, Susan Rubin), An opinionated graphic designer, 6 minutes; "But Then She's Betty Carter" (1981, Michelle D. Parkerson), In performance and conversation, 53 minutes; "The Wizard of Waukesha" (1980, Catherine Orentreich), Washington premiere on the life of Les Paul, pop-jazz guitarist, 59 minutes. SEPTEMBER 18 & 19: 6:30. "August 1978" (1979, Susan Rubin), 4 minutes; "The Emergence of Eunice" (1980, Emily Hubley), 6 minutes; "The Dozens" (1980, Christine Dall & Randall Conrad), Washington premiere, 78 minutes. SEPTEMBER 23: 6:30. "Hollywood Boulevard" (1976, Lois Ann Polan), 10 minutes; "Dance, Girl, Dance" (1940, Dorothy Arzner), 90 minutes. SEPTEMBER 25: 6:30. "It Can't Be Winter, We Haven't Had Summer Yet" (1980), Filmmaker Louise Carre in person, Washington premiere, 87 minutes. SEPTEMBER 28: 9. "Who Will Protect the Family?" (1981), Director Victoria Costello and reporter Frances Fitzgerald in person, world premiere, 60 minutes.